The staff for the Anime Central event have confirmed which areas and events would require masks at this year’s event:
- All guest and panelist events
- Exhibit Hall
- Artist Alley
- Gaming and Entertainment Hall
Staff will be enforcing masks in these areas. The convention is still strongly recommending that its attendees wear masks.
Anime Central staff announced on May 16, 2022 that this year’s convention will no longer require masks, COVID-19 vaccination, or negative COVID-19 tests. Staff claimed that its policies are “based on current CDC Guidelines and align with the requirements of the Donald E. Stephens Conventions Center and state and local health authorities regarding large indoor events.” Attendees must acknowledge if they have symptoms of sickness or have been around others with COVID-19. Staff states that it “will continue to monitor the requirements and guidance from state and local health departments.”
The event website also reveals that there will be no refunds or rollovers for badge-holders.
An e-mail sent by and to Anime Central staff suggests that this was a decision made by the Midwest Animation Promotion Society (MAPS) following “lack of support from the venue” and “last-minute communication.”
Anime Central previously said on Twitter on April 29, 2022 that its COVID-19 safety guidelines would “not change prior to the con.”
Anime Central 2022 will take place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center at Rosemont, Illinois on May 20-22, 2022.