Furnal Equinox COVID-19 Information and Policies

Last updated: March 11, 2022

We’ve put together a lot of information for you about how COVID-19 issues will affect our plans for the convention. We will be providing information on those changes as they happen, so be sure to follow our social media
announcement for updates.

Our plan for FE 2022

We plan to have an in-person convention alongside a virtual event on March 18-20 2022.
Registration for the in-person FE 2022 convention is now open on our Registration page.

  • Furnal Equinox will continue to require proof of full vaccination for admission to our event.
    (Boosters are strongly encouraged but not required)
  • We will not tolerate willful violations of this policy, or abuse of those who uphold it.
  • Masks are required in all public spaces, even under head gear.
  • Room capacity limits will be enforced and we have made other operational changes.
  • All attendees will need to agree to our policies, including those for COVID, in order to complete their registration. This will appear as a mandatory checkbox on the registration form.

Convention Policies

In order to keep our attendees as healthy and safe as possible, our event will have the following policies in place:

Attendees must be fully vaccinated prior to attending the convention, no exceptions

Proof of your full vaccination (showing all required doses, and the final dose received on or before March 3rd, 2022) will need to be submitted prior to receiving your badge – see our FAQ at the bottom on what proof is accepted. No exceptions will be made.

Accepted vaccines per the Government of Canada are: 

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)

Accepted vaccines by the Government of Canada for the purpose of travel to and within Canada:

  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

Masks are required in all public spaces including while in fursuit, no exception

Regardless of government mandates at the time of the event, masks will be required in the convention space at all times. You may temporarily remove your mask when eating or drinking, or for other health and safety purposes.

Your mask must fit securely to the head and cover the mouth and nose. Appropriate masks to use include N95 / KN95 respirators, medical masks (procedure or surgical masks), or non-medical masks.

Capacity limits will be enforced

Event rooms, including dances, will be limited to 50% of the posted room capacity.

Please respect these capacity limits and consider other options, like visiting at different times and participating in our programming through livestreaming (if available).

Fursuit lounges will be available

Fans for drying and cooling will not be available in fursuit lounges. Face masks must still be worn in the lounge except when actively drinking water. 

Additional operational changes

Our registration process is being revised to reduce queuing. Please follow signage and directions on site.

Our Registration, Con Store, and Charity locations are discouraging use of cash. We encourage you to use credit or debit cards with contactless payment (“tap to pay”), and donate to our charity online through our fundraising page. Individual vendors may choose to accept cash at their discretion.

Attendees with COVID-19 symptoms or positive test results at the convention must contact us

Contact us immediately at covid@furnalequinox.com or 1-855-46FURRY (1-855-463-8779) and we will provide you with further instructions during or after the event. Please take a picture of your ID badge and any positive test documentation.

Please self-isolate in your hotel room, or if you do not have a room at the hotel, return to your home with as little contact with others as possible, or follow your quarantine plan. 

You must also tell your close contacts (including roommates) of your exposure. Please refer to the Ontario government’s guidelines on “What to do if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19” for further details.

How to prepare for 2022

Get vaccinated (and boosted)

Vaccinations are widely available to the public, including to minors. Remember we are requiring all attendees to be fully vaccinated before attending the convention. The latest you should be fully vaccinated by is March 3rd, 2022.

If you are eligible for a booster dose (3rd dose), we encourage you to get it to enhance your protection against COVID-19.

Practice wearing a mask

Practice properly wearing over your mouth and nose and breathing with a mask on, as you will be required to wear a mask when in public spaces of the event. Fursuiters should practice wearing a mask under their fursuit head.

Research travel requirements from abroad

If you’re travelling from outside Canada, make sure you prepare for all checks and procedures that you need to follow while travelling. Learn more about Canada’s requirements for entry, including the ArriveCAN app. 

Bring extra sanitation supplies

While Furnal Equinox and the Westin Harbour Castle will provide public sanitation supplies (such as hand sanitizer), we encourage you to bring your own for personal use.

Practice physically distant etiquette

While furries love to gather up close, we need to maintain a safe distance of at least 2 meters apart when socializing. Always ask people outside your household for consent before any close contact or reduced distance. You should also do the same in your hotel room and in any other hotel rooms you may visit over the course of your stay.

Practice good personal hygiene

Make sure to wash your hands on a regular basis, especially after touching anything in the common areas. You can do this by washing for 20 seconds with soap and warm water; or use hand sanitizer on a regular basis. You should also use clean/fresh masks wherever possible and dispose of soiled ones.

If you’re not comfortable, let us know

We are happy to support anyone who does not wish to attend this year’s convention.

Attendees for FE 2020 received a coupon code for registration in 2022. If you have not used it, it will be honoured in 2023.

If you have registered for FE2022, you can request a refund up until March 3, 2022, or request a rollover of your registration to 2023.

Stay informed with
Furnal Equinox

Don’t forget to follow our official channels on Twitter, Facebook, and Telegram Announcements where we will be sharing all updates.

Frequent Asked Questions

General

What’s the likelihood of COVID-19 at FE 2022?

While we are planning to prevent spread as much as we can, we aren’t able to guarantee that Furnal Equinox 2022 will be 100% COVID-free. There are many factors outside our control. That’s why we’re relying on every attendee to do their part to follow all of our policies so we can have a successful convention while staying safe.

How often can we expect policies and guidelines to change?

We will be updating all content and information regarding COVID-19 policies and guidelines when changes are made, whether they come from our team or government updates. We’ll be updating this page as well as sending out messages through email and social media channels.

What else is Furnal Equinox doing to minimize the risk of COVID-19?

We will be implementing additional sanitation and preventative measures in high-traffic and high-contact areas, including areas such as Registration, Dealers Den, Lounge, and panel rooms. We will be working closely with our venue to clean and refresh all rooms and spaces on a frequent basis.

In the event FE 2022 is postponed/cancelled again, what will happen?

We hope we won’t need to, but in the event the 2022 in-person event doesn’t happen, we will continue to roll over registrations and provide support and instructions on how to change or cancel other bookings if necessary.

Registration

What does this mean if I rolled over my registration from 2020?

All attendees with roll over registrations from 2020 received an email with a coupon code with instructions to register for FE 2022. If you did not receive the coupon, please let us know at registration@furnalequinox.com. Coupon codes fully honour pre-registration pricing only.

I cannot/do not feel comfortable attending FE 2022. Can I rollover my registration?

If you did not use a coupon code from your 2020 registration, the code is valid for 2023. There is no need to email Registration. 

If you registered for 2022 and wish to request a rollover, email registration@furnalequinox.com up until March 13, 2022

Can I request a refund on my registration?

We will be processing refund requests for FE 2022 up until March 3rd, 2022. After that date, we will only offer rollovers of registration to our 2023 event.

What are the policies for minors related to these restrictions?

We are allowing minors to attend our 2022 in-person convention, provided they are fully vaccinated. Minors of ages between 5 and 14 must be fully vaccinated by the time of convention, and must have a chaperone and all applicable permission forms. Minors between 15 and 17 must have all applicable permission forms, but do not require a chaperone.

 Minors younger than 5 are not permitted at this time.

Vaccines & Masks

What kind of proof is needed for vaccinations?

Canadian citizens and residents must present an enhanced vaccine certificate (with a QR code), as well as ID such as a driver’s license, health card, passport, or other photo ID. Vaccine certificates with QR codes are issued by all Canadian provinces and territories, and the Canadian Armed Forces.

 Visitors from outside Canada must provide a vaccination passport with a QR code or receipt from their home country, and show their passport or NEXUS card as identification.

How can I get vaccinated for COVID-19?

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available. We recommend checking with your local public health unit for specifics, but here are a couple of resources we recommend:

I do not wish to be fully vaccinated or wear a mask while in convention or public spaces, can I still attend?

If you choose not to be vaccinated or follow the mandatory mask policy, you will not be able to participate in our in-person event this year. Our top priority is to make sure our attendees are as safe as possible while enjoying our convention.

For medical reasons, I cannot wear a mask and/or get the vaccine. How can I submit a request for a medical exemption?

Our team will not handle requests or documentation at the convention. We realize this may limit some attendees, however we are particularly interested in attendee safety. We strongly recommend participation in our virtual events this year and plan to review this policy for future events. 

For those who have a legitimate medical reason for not receiving a vaccine, Ontario has a process for physicians to submit this to the local public health unit, and to receive a digital QR code that fulfills the “proof of vaccination” requirements. We expect exemptions to be submitted through this process.

 Please be advised that if you are planning to visit from outside Canada, you will not be admitted to Canada if you are not fully vaccinated.

Do I need to bring a negative COVID-19 test result to the convention?

No, we do not require a negative COVID-19 test result to attend. However, we recommend actively self-monitoring your symptoms. Please do not attend the convention if you do not feel well.

 If you are travelling from outside Canada, you will need to show proof of a negative test to enter the country. Please see the government of Canada website for details. 

Can I get a COVID test at the convention? Where can I get tested?

Testing will not be available on-site. Publicly-funded COVID-19 PCR testing is presently limited in Ontario to individuals in high-risk settings.

Starting February 9, the Ontario government has started distributing rapid antigen test kits for home use throughout the province. Learn more on how to obtain a kit on their website.

If you are an international traveller and the next country you travel to (whether your home country, or a third country) requires testing for entry, we recommend that you book a test well in advance with a private pharmacy or laboratory that offers said service.

Some pharmacies nearby:

Shoppers Drug Mart
Medical laboratory · 390 Queens Quay W · (416) 260-2766

Assessment at Shoppers Drug Mart
Medical laboratory · 388 King St W ·  (416) 597-6550

Pharmacy Hub
Pharmacy · 77 Peter St · (416) 591-8939

How will Furnal Equinox protect my personal information/privacy when submitting legally-identifying information?

Proof of vaccination will be verified using the secure Verify Ontario app. We will not retain proof of vaccination.

 Westin staff will support Furnal Equinox in checking your proof of vaccination using the app, and will issue you a wristband before you pick up your registration badge. The wristband and registration badge serve as your proof of vaccination through the event, so please keep them on your person in a visible manner.

 All other personal and identifying information will be secured and stored in accordance with all privacy laws and regulations. Learn more about our privacy policy here.

Still have questions?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our policy for COVID-19 at Furnal Equinox 2022, please reach out to us at covid@furnalequinox.com. In addition, don’t forget to contact your local government-approved agency for travel and health guidelines before planning your trip to Toronto.