The San Diego Comic-Con International is increasing its coronavirus screenings following the recent virus spike across California.
Comic-Con returns to the San Diego Convention Center July 21-24. It’s the first large-scale event since 2019, when more than 130,000 attendees from over 30 countries flocked to downtown San Diego for the typical annual celebration.
Participants must wear an approved face covering regardless of vaccination status. Mesh covers, neck seals, damaged or torn covers and face covers with breathing valves will not be accepted.
Masks should “completely cover the nose and mouth, fit snugly around the sides of the face, and have no gaps,” organizers wrote on the Comic-Con website.
Participants must also show they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus or provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours. Guests who do not comply will be removed from the venue, although ticket holders who test positive for the virus within 72 hours can request a full refund by emailing email@example.com.
“We’re excited to get back together after such a long break,” the con website reads. “But we want to be sure that all participants are as safe as possible. We will continue to update our website as new information becomes available, so check this page regularly for the most up-to-date logs.”
The news comes as state officials warned that the current surge in the coronavirus could even surpass last winter’s Omicron surge. LA County is currently averaging about 6,900 coronavirus cases per day — nearly double the peak since last summer’s surge — but because the results of home coronavirus tests are often unreported, many fear the true number of cases is significantly higher.
“If you look at it [coronavirus] Cases count, they are no longer reliable. There’s tremendous undercounting,” said Dr. Robert Wachter, chairman of the UC San Francisco medical school, at a city hall on campus on Friday. “And the number of cases now is probably not too dissimilar to what we saw during the massive spike in December and January.”
Times contributors Rong-Gong Lin II and Luke Money contributed to this report.
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