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PAX West 2021 now requires proof of vaccination to attend

Smart moves.

PAX West 2021 attendees will require proof of their vaccination to attend the Seattle, Washington-based event, organisers have recently confirmed.

“Throughout the year, the PAX team has been actively working to support a safe environment for our PAX West visitors,” a statement from organiser ReedPOP declared. “We are pleased to announce that, in line with the recommendations of state and local public health authorities, we will be implementing a vaccination or negative COVID-19 test requirement for everyone at PAX West. We appreciate your patience as we worked with our venue and the authorities to create our comprehensive plan.”

Attendees will either have to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or return a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test alongside government-issued photo ID.

“The PAX team is steadfast in our commitment to health and safety, including reduced capacity and mandatory face coverings to be worn at all times by attendees, exhibitors, staff, and Enforcers,” ReedPOP’s statement continued. “We will continue to evaluate our policies, listen to feedback from the community, follow the guidance of public health officials, and do everything in our power to make PAX West as safe as possible. We will always do what we can to support the global gaming community and the cities PAX calls home.”

PAX West 2021 runs over 30 August to 2 September in Seattle. Over in Australia, PAX AUS 2021 is scheduled for 8-10 October 2021 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, though country-wide complications over COVID-19’s delta variant may cause the event to close its doors. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.


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