All attendees must agree to our policies, including COVID policies, to complete their registration.
The policy will appear as a mandatory checkbox on the registration form.
These policies are subject to change and we will provide updates through our social media channels and on our website with as much notice as possible.
To align with current policies within the province of Ontario, we are considering relaxing some of our COVID policies from last year. However, the public health situation may change between now and the date of the convention.
As a precaution, Furnal Equinox will still require proof of vaccination and masking for now. We will not be checking/requiring boosters but it is highly recommended that you follow public health guidance for your demographic. The policy will be reassessed and updated closer to the date of the convention. Even if the requirements are rescinded on a later date, vaccination and masking are encouraged.
It is possible that we may bring some removed policies back at our discretion if the situation calls for it.
We are committed to doing more than the minimum out of an abundance of caution, and with the knowledge that these efforts are an effective way to reduce risk to our community.
In order to keep our attendees as healthy and safe as possible, our event will have the following policies in place:
We will not tolerate willful violations of this policy, or abuse of those upholding it.
The following actions will result in a ban from Furnal Equinox:
- Repeated and willful attempts to violate, undermine, or circumvent our COVID policies;
- Abuse, harassment, threats, or intimidation directed at an individual for following the policy;
- Abuse, harassment, threats, or intimidation directed at any FE volunteer, FE staff member, or venue staff member for their enforcement of this policy.
Attendees must be fully vaccinated prior to attending the convention, no exceptions
You must be fully vaccinated according to your chosen vaccine’s dosage schedule. The last shot of the initial series must have occurred two weeks prior to attending the event. We will not be imposing requirements on boosters, but they are recommended.
For example, Johnson and Johnson requires only one shot in the initial vaccine series, so you would be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after that shot. Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two shots so you would be considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the last shot.
We will not be requiring the QR code vaccination record this year as the provincial government is rolling back the infrastructure to verify them. We will accept any government/health authority issued vaccination record.
Masks are required in all public spaces
Masks are required in the hotel and convention spaces at all times except as noted below. We will not be enforcing masks under fursuit heads but highly recommend that they be worn.
Your mask must fit securely to the head and cover the mouth and nose. Face shields, neck gaiters, scarves, bandanas, and other items that don’t fit securely are not acceptable on their own. Appropriate masks to use include N95 / KN95 respirators, medical masks (procedure or surgical masks), or non-medical masks.
You may temporarily remove your mask when eating or drinking, or for other health and safety purposes (for example, administering medication). We ask you to keep your eating or drinking to food service areas (restaurants or convention-sponsored meals), designated eating areas (Dockside 2, tables in lounge, or soft seating in hotel), or water stations.
Performers at Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Dance Competition, Masquerade, and concert panels are permitted to remove their masks while performing or rehearsing, but should maintain physical distancing where practical.
Attendees with COVID-19 symptoms or positive test results at the convention must contact us.
How to prepare for 2023
Get vaccinated (and boosted)
Vaccinations are widely available to the public, including to minors as young as 6 months old. Please check with your local health authorities to find a vaccine near you. Children under 6 months old may not attend as they can not receive a vaccine.
If you are eligible for a booster dose, we encourage you to get it to enhance your protection against COVID-19.
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 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.
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.