2022 Games for Change Festival Health & Safety Policy

April 27, 2022 / by Cassie Baralis

Category: Events, G4C Festival

Games for Change maintains the health and safety of our community as a top priority, including considerations for our event attendees, speakers, partners, employees, and volunteers.  The 2022 Games for Change Festival will follow the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recommendations related to large public gatherings and general safety guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization.

Below outlines a full COVID-19 policy for the Festival and other activations. This policy is a living document and may be updated if regulations and recommendations change.  By purchasing an in-person ticket for the event, you are representing that you meet the requirements of and will strictly comply with this COVID-19 policy.

What are the health & safety requirements to attend the G4C Festival?

  • Attendees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including a booster shot (if eligible), no later than July 1st, 2022.
  • Attendees must be able to present proof of COVID-19 vaccinations (vaccine card or digital) and a government-issued photo ID.
  • Attendees must be able to wear a face mask while attending our event. Proper mask etiquette will be enforced.Minors are not exempt from the vaccination and masking requirements (unless such minors are not eligible to be vaccinated), and youth under 18 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or teacher.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 between July 5th and July 14th, 2022, you will be obligated to not attend the festival and will be issued a full refund. Please notify us immediately at .
  • If during or within five days following the event you discover that you have tested positive for COVID-19, you will (i) not attend any further events in person, (ii) notify us at [email protected], and cooperate with any contact tracing protocols that we may implement, and (iii) follow applicable CDC and local guidance.

Are there any exemptions to the vaccination & masking requirements?

For the safety of all in attendance, we require vaccinations and masks for everyone. G4C staff, speakers, volunteers, representatives, and partners will need to meet our requirements to enter.  Speakers may be permitted to remove masks during presentations provided that social distancing can be maintained.

If you wish to request a vaccine exemption or have additional questions, please contact [email protected]. Medical exemptions must be approved before July 1st, and those seeking medical exemptions will need a signed note from a licensed physician describing why an exemption is needed. For safety, those seeking exemptions must also produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours prior to attendance at the event and will be required to produce such test results for each day of attendance.  For example, if you attend multiple days of the event, you must be able to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test for each day

While we can accept these limited exemptions, we encourage individuals without the proper vaccinations to not attend for their safety. 

What else is G4C doing to maximize attendee safety?

In addition to the requirements for attendance, we will also have:

  • A Head of COVID compliance to enforce policies.
  • Contact areas of the event space sanitized regularly, including arcades and VR headsets.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the venue.

Please remember that these precautions only minimize the risk of COVID-19 –  they do not eliminate it. Every person should evaluate their health and risk factors before attending the Festival.

G4C reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or move to a virtual event if it becomes unsafe to hold in person. If the event is canceled or moved online, refunds will be issued.

Failure to comply with the Health & Safety requirements for the event will result in forfeiture of in-person attendance and you will not receive a refund. If you have any other questions about these policies, please reach out to us at [email protected].

Guidelines updated as of April 28th, 2022. 

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