On June 24, Reedpop confirmed that PAX West will be held in Seattle this year, from September 3 to 6, but part of the announcement caused problems for people. The event had a list of safety and health precautions and new practices for the (hopefully) post-pandemic era of live events, but one thing it did not do was demand that the attendees were vaccinated against coronavirus.
As you might imagine, this fell like a cold-blooded cup.
PAX has now announced a change of direction and that all attendees must have been vaccinated or produced a negative Covid-19 test result. A statement from Kyle Marsden-Kish, director of the event, managed to announce the change, insisting that this had been the plan all along:
"We are pleased to announce that, in accordance with the recommendations of state and local public health authorities, we will implement a negative Covid-19 vaccination or testing requirement for everyone at PAX West. We appreciate your patience as we work with our local and the authorities to create our comprehensive plan.
"When the PAX West 2021 badges were announced, the PAX team made the decision to communicate what we could commit to at the time, rather than what we were working for. While informing the PAX West safety and health guidelines could evolve, we wanted to do well and we are confident that full vaccination verification or negative testing, along with continued facial coverage requirements for everyone, will create an environment that benefits the well-being of our PAX community. ”
We were planning this all people! Deceived! Have you seen anything so complete? What about this for an evolution?
We are pleased to announce that, in accordance with the recommendations of state and local public health authorities, we will implement a vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for everyone at #PAXWest. Read the full update at: https://t.co/1ZtYPOCQeI pic.twitter.com/hZJkFeRngRJuly 27, 2021
Ahem. Aside from Snark, this is a welcome move, because if something has the potential to be a high-profile event, it’s things like PAX, where attendees are very close for days and days, eat fast food, burn the candle at both ends and often finding itself descending afterwards with "crude" (colds and flu). This has been such an important factor in past PAX events that the nickname "PAX pox" was coined more than a decade ago, given some credibility for a swine flu outbreak during the 2009 event. .
Of course, ReedPop's right is to keep PAX West with the rules it deems appropriate: just as it is the peoples' decision to accept and / or attend. However, movements like this, whether "planned" or not, do not inspire confidence: hopefully it is wrong, but a negative test at the entrance means nothing at the exit. PAX West takes place Sept. 3-6 in Seattle.