From the Desk of the Chair, GameStorm 22
As hopefully all of you have seen, the world is handling a major crisis in the from of Coronavirus (COVID-19), an extremely dangerous virus that has started taking lives here in the United States. This is not something to ignore, but we also want to be smart about it.
At this time, GameStorm is still going to happen as it was planned. However we are making some small changes that are in compliance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Please note that this could change at any time and we are actively monitoring all recommended actions by both the Oregon Health Alliance (OHA) and the CDC. The below information is based on our current standing and requirements. Should the suggested actions by the CDC change, we will act accordingly.
Pending the finding of some available to purchase, hand sanitizer will be made available in all function spaces and staff will have portable bottles available with them. While this does not replace handwashing, it will protect against some transmission areas. Additionally, it will be STRONGLY encouraged to be used upon entering either of the 2 hospitality rooms.
Signage will be up to direct people to the nearest restroom. We strongly recommend washing hands between games, or whenever you move between rooms. We are aware that there is limited sink access in the wings of the hotel and are working on solutions for this.
We will be using sanitizing sprays during lulls in games. These will be as close to fragrance free as possible, especially in enclosed spaces. Most of this will be happening during off hours.
Beyond that, there is very little, short of shutting down GameStorm, we can do to protect our members. Unlike other larger events that have closed (GDC, Facebook-8), we are all volunteer and non profit, and a year of closure can be devastating.
We ARE however asking that if you are feeling ill, or potentially have been exposed, that you think of the rest of the membership when attending. Our staff is going to work within its abilities to protect all members of the convention.
If you have further questions, please feel to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your love of GameStorm,
-Chair, GameStorm 22