**NOTE: This policy is may be subject to change, however, until a statement is put out by AnimeNEXT regarding any changes to the policy, please be prepared to follow the current safety protocol below in place in order attend.**
Any announcements regarding an updated COVID-19 Safety Policy will be detailed via our social media channels, which can be found at the bottom of our website: http://www.animenext.org
When an announcement is made, this page will be updated accordingly.
(last edited - Sep 9. 2022)
At AnimeNEXT our community members' safety is our number one priority. This is why we have chosen to forgo in-person events over the past two years. So it should not come as a great surprise we’ve put together additional safety precautions required of all in attendance during AnimeNEXT 2023.
Everyone in attendance at AnimeNEXT 2023 will be required to provide proof of a completed vaccination treatment for SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) aka Covid-19 no later than 5/26/2022. Additionally, everyone will be required to wear a mask at all times in convention spaces.
Those who are unable to receive a vaccination due to medical exemptions and are the age of 11 or under will still be able to attend but will need to provide some additional information to verify exemption status.
This decision was fueled by:
- CDC’s Recommendations for everyone to wear a mask indoors
- The FDA’s recent approval of the Pfizer Vaccination
- NYC recently passing legislature requiring vaccines for indoor activities
- Multiple other conventions following this same trend
- Many companies and workplaces following this trend
You can find a location to get your vaccination through www.vaccinefinder.org. It’s quick and simple, and best of all it’s 100% FREE.
AnimeNEXT 2022 is a vaccine-mandated event (even if you HAD covid and recovered). Only those having received their completed vaccine regiment and showing their Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card at registration will be admitted into the convention.
Please be sure to have a copy of your vaccine card available to show when picking up your badge. If you do not/cannot show proof of vaccine, you will not be permitted to attend and no refund will be issued.
Over the 2021 Holiday Season, the CDC has modified guidelines to recommend a booster for everyone 18 years of age and older.
As such, AnimeNEXT will be requiring everyone in attendance to also receive one of the authorized boosters listed on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html
You may be excused from the booster requirement if you meet one or more of the following criteria:
- If you are under the age of 18 years old
- If you are ineligible to receive a booster before the weekend of the convention (June 10th - 12th, 2022)
- If your booster date would be within two weeks of the convention date
- If you have a doctor's note excusing you from receiving the booster
As always safety is our number one. We'll continue to monitor the state of public health and adapt as the CDC continues to update their recommendations.
If you have any additional questions you can reach out to our Support Team at https://animenext/supportform
COVID-19 Vaccine Verification:
In order to verify your identity and vaccination status, EVERYONE must show a valid government-issued ID during the badge pickup process. You can view the forms of acceptable ID in the Check-in Requirements section of our Help Articles.
Once your verification is complete you’ll receive a wristband that MUST be worn at all times throughout the convention weekend. Wristbands are NOT to be removed and will NOT be replaced if lost.
Forms of Vaccination Proof
- A physical vaccination card(s) that has your proof of treatment from the vaccination site
- If proof of vaccination was sent to you electronically, you can open the email (or login) for us and show us the attachment/information sent from your vaccination site. You MUST open the email from your account (or login) in front of us to ensure that the vaccination information belongs to you.
- We WILL NOT accept screenshots/pictures.
If you are unable to receive a vaccination against COVID-19 you must provide a valid doctor's note stating you are unable to receive a vaccination in addition to a negative COVID-19 Test. The doctor's note and negative COVID-19 test must be dated no earlier than 5/26/2022.
Children Ages 11 or Younger
Children ages 11 and under - ALL children under the age of 11 who cannot be vaccinated must have a negative COVID test dated no earlier than 5/26/2022.
Should a vaccination for children ages 11 and under be approved for non "emergency-use", our team will revisit this and update the policy as needed.
We will not be shipping badges to those who pre-register for the convention. Since we need to verify you meet the aforementioned requirements, everyone must pick their badge up at the on-site registration booths.
Everyone in attendance will be required to wear a mask covering their mouth and nose at all times in the convention spaces. We’ll also be providing everyone in attendance one free AnimeNEXT branded cloth mask during badge pickup. Who doesn’t like freebies?
- Taking cosplay photos
- While you are not actively putting food/drink into your mouth
- Talking to others
- On your cell phone
- If it isn't clear we'll spell it out… All times means ALL TIMES
AnimeNEXT will be following the guidelines found on the CDC website.
Deferring Your Membership
We understand that not everyone may be able to meet these requirements or may still not wish to attend for personal reasons. This is why we’ve also taken the extra steps to make sure that we can accommodate those community members as well.
For those who do not wish to attend or are unvaccinated, you’ll have a chance to fill out a deferral form. Once you fill out this form our team will automatically defer your memberships until all COVID-19 registration requirements have been lifted. Should your stance change or you receive a full vaccination treatment you will need to reach out to our support team to be removed from the list once added. Additionally by deferring your Membership through this method will disqualify you from receiving an AnimeNEXT Merch Store Coupon.
We’ve sent this form out via email to everyone who has a deferred membership (originally from 2020). Please make sure to check all tabs (social, promotions, etc) and any spam filters. The Deferral Application must be filled out prior to 2/28/22,
You can view more information about 2020 Memberships in our Help Article here.
If You Test Positive...
If an attendee happens to contract COVID-19 within a short time window (three weeks or less) before AnimeNEXT 2022, unfortunately, they will be unable to attend and we will not be able to offer a refund - as per AnimeNEXT's payment and refund policy.
However, AnimeNEXT will defer that attendee's membership to the following AnimeNEXT event if they provide our Team with confirmation/proof of their COVID-positive status.