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
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 email@example.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.