COVID Updates

Last Updated: 5/26/2021

The KantCon organizers are very hopeful about seeing you in person this July 16 - 18, 2021 at the Overland Park Convention Center.

We continue to monitor recommendations from health organizations and are in constant contact with our venue to make this event a comfortable, enjoyable, and safe experience for everyone.  Yet the situation continues to evolve, and we plan to evolve with it.  Please watch this page for updates.​

If you have a question that is not answered here, please Contact Us.

These are the practices we will have in place:
  • Masks are required in all public spaces by all attendees, volunteers, and organizers.  The mask must cover both nose and mouth.  Anyone not willing or not able to wear such a covering will be asked to leave. 

  • Physical distancing will be encouraged in any standing area.  All tables will be spaced further apart accordingly.

  • Hand washing is encouraged, with extra signage for reminders.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available and encouraged, especially around high-touch surfaces.

 
Please stay home if you are not feeling well. Although we are putting some additional safety and hygiene procedures in place, this does not prevent exposure to COVID-19 or similar illnesses.  We encourage you to act in your own best interest, following our code of conduct as we cannot guarantee safety from exposure to any illness while attending the convention.

For more general information about how Covid spreads and how to avoid it, check out this simple guide from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-covid-spreads.html

Frequently Asked Questions

Is KantCon 2021 an in-person event?


Yes, we continue to monitor recommendations from health organizations and are in constant contact with our venue to make this event a comfortable, enjoyable, and safe experience for everyone. We will have some new practices in place, so please check this page for details.




Will I need to wear a face covering?


Yes, masks are required in all public spaces by all attendees, volunteers, and organizers. The mask must cover both nose and mouth. Anyone not willing or not able to wear such a covering will be asked to leave. We are following the CDC guidance on recommended mask types and how to wear them. Details can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html




Can I wear a face shield?


Face shields do not block enough respiratory droplets to prevent exposure to people around you. We are following the CDC guidance on recommended mask types and how to wear them. Details can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html




What about eating and drinking?


There will be a designated area in the gaming room for eating where masks will not be required. Please be respectful of signage accordingly.




Will I need a vaccine passport, proof of a negative test, proof of vaccination, etc. to enter?


No. Although we encourage everyone to get vaccinated, this is a personal choice and not the purview of KantCon nor any other attendee.




Will there be hand sanitizer available?


Yes, we will have sanitizer stations throughout the convention center at key points.




What is the cleaning policy at the venue?


The Overland Park Convention Center achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ Facility accreditation, the industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities.
Under the guidance of GBAC’s scientific advisory board, the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention are implemented within the facility. Following a risk assessment, the program establishes mitigation strategies through the use of scientifically approved protocols, equipment, chemicals and training, which are continually measured, audited and improved, to ensure a facility’s readiness for biorisk situations. The program verifies that Overland Park Convention Center implements best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.




Will the number of attendees be limited?


Ultimately, there is a limit to how many people can be in the convention space at any one time. However, with our current projected attendance and the increased amount of space we will have available, this is extremely unlikely.




Is there anything else I should remember?


Check back here for updates before the event. Ensure that you regularly wash your hands and stay home if you are not feeling well. Please be patient with our volunteers if they gently remind you about wearing a mask.




Why insist on masks when many states and counties are removing those regulations?


We are trying to follow CDC guidelines, specifically those outlined here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/considerations-for-events-gatherings.html. Our understanding is that there is still significant risk of exposure where there are large numbers of people together for longer periods of time. Since our desire is to gather hundreds of gamers for multiple hours, masks are still a good way to minimize the spread of disease. There is no way that we can make everyone happy, but we feel it is important to err on the side of caution and health.




What if I have a disability and cannot wear a mask?


In order to protect the health and safety of our volunteers and attendees, anyone without a mask will not be allowed to sit at a gaming table. However, if you are still interested in attending the convention, please Contact Us directly so we can try to accommodate you with the possibility of online or remote options. Unfortunately, given that we have limited staff and resources we might not be able to appropriately provide access to events without an undue burden. If this is the case, you will be provided a full refund of your badge.




Is it Kantcon's official position that vaccinated individuals can't take CDC approved health decisions for themselves?


No, we are not trying to dictate what individuals do for themselves in their lives outside our convention. The latest CDC guidelines do indicate that vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks. However, since we do not have the right to ask nor demand vaccination, we are taking a conservative approach and assuming that we will have some attendees that are not vaccinated. This fact, combined with the CDC guidelines regarding large gatherings ( https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/considerations-for-events-gatherings.html), we believe that masks are still one of the best approaches to minimize exposure of COVID-19. Also, even though Johnson county has removed the mask mandate, they still strongly recommend wearing masks indoors ( https://www.jocogov.org/public-health-recommendations). Furthermore, we believe that this policy will reduce any spread of the normal "con crud", not to mention any "extra spicy" variety con crud. We would like any attendees, volunteers, friends, or family that are immunocompromised to feel welcome to attend KantCon this year. We know that we are not going to be able to make everyone happy, but we are doing what we can to keep people healthy. We appreciate your understanding and support.