Comic-Con International returns to San Diego with a mask mandate

Federal officials have also warned that the highly transmissible subvariant of Omicron known as BA.5 is fueling a new wave of infections, reinfections and hospitalizations, Americans must do more to protect against the coronavirus. , including wearing masks.

Before the pandemic, Comic-Con International drew tens of thousands of fans of fantastic comics, movies, and video games to San Diego each year. But in 2020, organizers made the “emotional” decision to cancel the event, Mr Glanzer said.

It was posted online and attendees were able to watch recorded panels on YouTube. Since then, the organization has hosted two small in-person events, the Comic-Con Special Editionin November in San Diego, and wondercon, in April in Anaheim, California.

Both events also required attendees to wear masks.

The San Diego Convention Center, where the event takes place, reopened in August and since then it has hosted more than 90 events. Masks were required in some and recommended in others, or attendees had to provide proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test, according to Maren Dougherty, spokesperson for the center.

Comic-Con, she added, is by far the biggest event the center has hosted since it reopened. In 2019, the event brought in around $150 million to the local economy, Ms. Dougherty said. After several years without major events, she said, attendees at the center’s events have largely adhered to protocols.

Plus, “masking has always been a part of Comic-Con,” she added. “People have fun with it.”

Daniel K. Denny