Code of Conduct
Our highest priority is the safety and enjoyment of our participants and guests. To that end, we've established this code of conduct for the convention. Please be kind and respectful to each other - persons who violate these guidelines will be escorted from the premises.
Current state regulations require anyone not fully vaccinated to wear a mask while in indoor or confined spaces. In order to make this burden easier to bear for everyone, while still ensuring safety, we have set up a VOLUNTARY Covid Card check station. Anyone who presents their CDC card, or a photo of their card, will receive a wristband that will enable everyone to know at a glance that you are verified as vaccinated (and therefore are safe to be around, no mask required). People who opt not to do so will not be penalized, but will be required to follow the current state regulations for unvaccinated people and mask up while indoors - exactly the same as would be the case otherwise.
Props, Costumes & Weapons Rules
This is a family and kid friendly event. Attendees wearing costumes or attire that are intentionally offensive or socially inappropriate will be asked to cover up or leave the show. For example, using body paint in place of clothing is not appropriate.
All weapons will be subject to inspection before entry and at any point during the convention. No functioning weapons are permitted including guns, projectile weapons, water guns, knives, blunt objects, etc. This also includes any explosives (including firecrackers, caps, fireworks) and chemical weapons (mace, pepper spray, etc). Metal-bladed weapons (including axes, daggers, hatchets, knives, kunai, swords, sword canes, etc.) must remain sheathed and zip-tied. Replica firearms (including air soft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns, and pellet guns) must be marked with orange tip. Security and event staff reserve the right to inspect and remove any weapon or prop at any time.
Props and weapons that may pose a hazard to the wildlife who live at Zoo New York may be subject to additional scrutiny. The safety and well-being of our animal friends is also important; this convention is a benefit for them as much as anything else. So please use common sense and don't bring a 10-foot spear or something similarly outrageous; you will be asked to leave it in your vehicle.
This is a harassment-free convention experience for everyone. Harassment of any convention participants (including attendees, exhibitors, vendors, press, volunteers, staff, etc.) will not be tolerated. Derogatory sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any convention venue. Attendees violating these rules will be warned or expelled from the convention, without a refund, at the discretion of the convention organizers. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, etc., inappropriate physical contact, intimidation, stalking, inappropriate photography or recording and event disruption. Those asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. The convention organizer and/or the Watertown Police may take any action they deem appropriate, including expelling the offender from the convention without a refund. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of convention staff or security immediately. Convention staff can be identified by their volunteer shirts/special badges/headsets. Convention staff will help those being harassed by assisting in contacting security or local law enforcement.