TwitchCon Gives Zero Shits That The Pandemic Is Still Happening

TwitchCon Gives Zero Shits That The Pandemic Is Still Happening

TwitchCon will be taking place in San Diego between October 7-9, and if you had any thoughts about attending whatsoever, know that the organisers are under the assumption that we’re living in 2019, not 2022, and that you’re very much going to be taking your personal safety into your own hands.

In a section called “Health Measures” on the show’s website (spotted by Zach Bussey), organisers say that “TwitchCon San Diego will be presented in accordance with applicable public health and safety guidelines as of the date of the event”, which means that “the health and safety measures for our event may change at any time as determined by federal or local government agencies, the venue and/or Twitch.”

As it stands at time of publishing, however, those measures are almost non-existent. Attendees won’t have to be vaccinated, won’t need to show test results and won’t even need to wear a mask:

We’re constantly reviewing our health and safety guidelines along with local authorities. In accordance with current local guidelines, there will be no COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements at TwitchCon San Diego. Although masks are encouraged, they are not currently required to attend TwitchCon. Please ensure you are comfortable with our current health and safety measures before you purchase your ticket to TwitchCon.

This pandemic is not over! California is recording 50,000 new cases a day (as of this week), and the recently-held Comic-Con showed these big events are still helping spread Covid, with even star panellists like George R.R. Martin coming away from the show testing positive. With vaccinations at the level they are, and people just generally wanting to be over the pandemic, you could understand some lessening of restrictions, if only so the show could take place at all, but to abandon all of them? That’s extremely shitty.

Especially when TwitchCon’s line is that “well San Diego doesn’t have rules so we won’t either”, when Comic-Con — a much bigger event — was only just held at the same venue in the same city, and its organisers mandated not only the wearing of masks, but also proof of vaccination (or a recent negative test).

When Twitch say that “the health and safety measures for our event may change at any time”, let’s hope that time is very soon, otherwise attending sure sounds like a risky idea.

Comments

  • Its going to look great for Twitch when all their streamers cancel all their October streams cause they got Covid at the event or worse continue streaming while ill. The coughing meta?!?

  • “…that you’re very much going to be taking your personal safety into your own hands.”
    Most of the people going are AmeriKKKan manchildren and e-celebs, no? They’re old enough to make informed decisions on whether they want to attend or not, and take appropriate measures.

    Then again, most Australian sheeple are rather dumb, and we have the same population size; the moment the politicians decided it wasn’t “good for the economy” to go out in front of the media and read out infection and death statistics, they pulled the plug on most public awareness campaigns.

  • “you’re very much going to be taking your personal safety into your own hands.”

    You mean like we all do every day, since the day we were born (basically), in just about every situation?

    It’s simple. If you’re vaxxed and boosted, wear masks and take other precautions, and you’re still afraid of catching COVID. Don’t go. Simple.

  • This is how recent Australian events have all been as well though?
    Smash Sydney and melbourne comic con to name two i know of (having attended). Literally only thing is “please stay home if you currently feel sick”.

    And that is how it should be, it is not the sort of event that should be so held back by Covid restrictions. If you are still that worried, don’t go to these sorts of events, you can continue living like its lockdown world. Don’t force that on everyone though.

    Now.
    Public transport, small indoor stores etc, a mask mandate isn’t unreasonable. its easily enforcable, actually slightly useful and many are public things that all people need to visit. So ‘fairness’ to those still worried is warranted.
    A comic con type event is none of those things, let people live again if they want to.

    • Yes, Gizmodo anyhow, Kotaku’s sister publication. May even have been a cross post but I can’t be bothered looking https://gizmodo.com/sdcc-2022-mask-mandate-covid-health-screenings-vaccine-1849191602

      Also, as you would see, SDCC had mandatory mask mandates and required compulsory evidence of either vaccination or a negative test. So yeah, the point of the article is that TwitchCon doesn’t.

      Also, what’s your point exactly? That Kotaku can’t publish articles about some things unless it publishes articles about all things?

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