Clockwork Alchemy Covid 19 Policy

Clockwork Alchemy remains committed to hosting a convention that will protect our staff and fans from the spread of COVID-19 while still providing the full Clockwork Alchemy experience.  With the Delta variant causing more COVID-19 cases worldwide, including “breakthrough” infections of vaccinated individuals, we must make changes to our COVID-19 protocols. All attendees at Clockwork Alchemy must show proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before entering the convention.  It is also recommended that those eligible for a booster vaccine take advantage of it. 

We have addressed many FAQs below, in response to questions we have received from fans. This includes attention to the mask mandate and anticipated questions with today’s announcement.  We encourage you to review the FAQs to help you prepare for Clockwork Alchemy 2022.

Thank you again for your patience and support.

Updated October 21, 2021

These last few months have seen many changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, with new recommendations from experts around the world, many coming even in the last week.  In response, Clockwork Alchemy has adopted health and safety protocols designed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 while making the convention fun and memorable for everyone.  We will continue to evaluate our policies and procedures and follow the guidance of public health officials in order to keep the convention as safe as possible for those who choose to attend.

Because our fans are amazing, we often get asked what you can do to help the convention.  Outside of lending your support and love during this difficult time, which we seriously can’t thank you enough for, we encourage anyone who can be vaccinated, to take the step to protect yourself and your community.  Additionally, we ask that you take responsibility to maintain your health by following CDC guidelines.

The very best part of Clockwork Alchemy is the community. We know that you have each other’s backs, that you care for your fellow fans, and that you will follow the rules because it’s the right thing to do. We trust you to make good decisions and look forward to welcoming you home.  Please do not attend if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, and report back to us if you develop symptoms after the event.

We are committed to answering questions about how Clockwork Alchemy will look different this year.  Below is a partial list of policies we have put in place to deliver on a quality experience while taking important steps to keep our staff and attendees safe.

Face masks and reduced attendance

·Appropriate face masks, worn covering both the nose and mouth, will be required at all times inside convention venues regardless of vaccination status, in keeping with updated CDC guidelines and City of Burlingame/San Mateo County requirements.  These guidelines are subject to change and the Clockwork Alchemy staff will do their best to keep you updated.

  • · https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/gatherings.html
  • ·https://www.smchealth.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/ho_order_c19-12_face_covering_20210802.pdf?1627927645

Room Capacity

All panel rooms and other programming venues will have a reduced 2/3rds maximum capacity at all times.

Lines for events and panel programming will be closed once we reach the 2/3rds reduced room capacity to reduce the number of people congregating in an area and to improve traffic flow.

It may become necessary to limit room capacity to larger spaces, in order to ensure safe social distancing. Rooms such as Ballroom, WarRoom, Gallery, and Bazaar will have door monitors keeping a tally of each room’s occupants.  Please respect the door monitors if they request you wait for someone to exit before entering.

Hotel cleaning

 Our hotel has adopted enhanced cleaning protocols and are committed to delivering above and beyond the sanitation standards established by the CDC. Details can be found here : https://www.hyatt.com/info/care-and-cleanliness-americas

Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the event space in the hallways, and touchless water dispensers are located in the panel rooms and other event spaces. 

Other changes

Updates as needed

About COVID-19

COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease that is spread from person to person, including through aerosol transmission of particles produced when an infected person exhales, talks, vocalizes, sneezes or coughs. COVID-19 is less commonly transmitted when people touch a contaminated object and then touch their eyes, nose or mouth. 

The virus that causes COVID-19 is highly transmissible and can be spread by people who show no symptoms and who do not know they are infected. Particles containing the virus can travel more than six feet, especially indoors and in dry conditions with relative humidity below 40%.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that over 50% of the spread of the virus is from individuals with no symptoms at the time of spread. COVID-19 spreads mainly among unvaccinated people who are in close contact (within six feet for more than 15 minutes) with one another, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. 

Vaccination is the key in a multi-layered approach to protect people. Vaccines authorized by the U.S.Food and Drug Administration are highly effective at protecting vaccinated people against symptomatic and severe COVID-19 illness. See CDC’s Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html.  

According to the CDC the symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell