TL;DR

We’re working to ensure that all members remain safe at Bewhiskered. Please help us by reading our COVID policy and coming prepared to participate in the precautions we are taking. This policy can and likely will change as the situation develops. Please make sure to check this page regularly (and especially before the convention) to stay informed of the latest policy.

Please Note: Approximately two months before BWS 2021, the NCAS board of directors will reevaluate the current status of COVID and the safety of proceeding with the convention in November. If it is not deemed safe, we will postpone BWS until 2022 and all member/dealer/etc. registrations will be automatically transferred to the new dates. In addition, our refund deadline will be extended until 2022 in case your plans change.

If it is deemed safe to proceed with BWS in November:

If you have any questions or suggestions about our COVID policy or how we can work together to keep all of our members safe, please see the full policy below. You can also reach out to us at contact@bewhiskeredcon.org.

Bewhiskered 2021 COVID Policy

Code of Conduct

We've made changes to our Member and Volunteer Code(s) of Conduct regarding COVID. Namely:

Health and Safety

Volunteering with NCAS and at NCAS events may be subject to additional provisions requiring that volunteers either engage in or refrain from certain behaviors during situations which can materially affect the health and safety of its members, staff, volunteers, contractors/liaisons, or the general public. Violating these provisions constitutes a violation of the NCAS Volunteer Code of Conduct.

Such situations and provisions include, but are not limited to:

  1. Sickness or Epidemic: In the event of an outbreak of a communicable disease with the potential to pose a risk to attendees at an event, NCAS volunteers are expected to practice common courtesy and cleanliness. Even without an outbreak, we ask that volunteers adhere to these provisions if they begin to feel ill while at one of our events.
    1. Hand Washing. Volunteers must make an effort to wash their hands frequently, especially before meals. In particular, we recommend following the CDC guidelines [1].
    2. Masks. Volunteers must wear effective masks in the event of an outbreak of respiratory transmitted illness. While the effectiveness of a specific mask is hard to quantify, the style and material of the mask worn must be recommended for use against the illness in question by the NCDHHS [2], CDC [3], or WHO [4]. Masks must be worn properly, following all recommendations by the prior listed organizations, and cover the nose and mouth.
    3. Covering Your Coughs. Regardless of whether you are wearing a mask, volunteers must make sure to cover their mouth with a tissue or elbow. Do not use your hand. Volunteers may wish to follow the CDC guidelines [5].
    4. Social Distancing. Social contact is a factor in the spread of disease. Volunteers must make an effort to maintain social distancing by limiting physical interactions like handshakes and hugs.
    5. Sanitization. Volunteers should take care to wipe down shared equipment and other objects after use. Please remain cognizant that shared equipment may have been handled by someone prior to you.
  1. https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html
  2. https://www.ncdhhs.gov/
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/
  4. https://www.who.int/
  5. https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/etiquette/coughing_sneezing.html

Vaccinations or Negative Test Results

If you have been vaccinated, you must display proof of having been fully vaccinated on or before October 29th, 2021 (two weeks before November 12th). Your badge will be visibly marked to indicate that we have confirmed proof of vaccination. Admission into the event spaces will not be permitted without this or proof of a negative test.

We’re hoping that almost every member will be vaccinated on time. However, if you have not been fully vaccinated by October 29th, 2021, you must take a same-day COVID test and provide proof of a negative result when you pick up your badge. Your badge will be visibly marked to indicate that we have confirmed proof of a negative test for that day. Admission into the event spaces will not be permitted without this or proof of vaccination.

Masks

All individuals must wear a mask while in the presence of someone not from their immediate household. This includes while in fursuit and at room parties. According to our Code of Conduct, masks must be worn properly. If you are not wearing a mask over your mouth and nose, a staff member may ask you to adjust it.

Changes to the Hotel Layout

Changes to Events and Event Spaces

Questions or Suggestions

If you have any questions or suggestions about our COVID policy or how we can work together to keep all of our members safe, please reach out to us at contact@bewhiskeredcon.org.