Conventions are a key gathering event in the modern world, and Covid 19 put a stop on all conventions for the past year. If you liked checking out merch, learning about new things, and meeting new people then you were missing conventions in 2020. I’m sure most people wouldn’t have risked it early on in the Corona Virus beginnings, but now that things are open how safe are conventions in 2021 and beyond?
The lines for Anime Midwest 2021 went all the way out to the main floor, which is the farthest I’d ever seen them reach. So there was a lot of thirsty people looking to get back into the swing of conventions. Fearless con goers were on their mission of having fun. Most didn’t have masks though a few did if cosplaying counts. I had my typical N-95 and am vaccinated so I was well protected.
While there was no requirement for vaccination for this event, it seems in general people are being responsible. I felt safe enough to not wear my mask when taking pics and other times because I didn’t hear much coughing or sick people around. Sure people can be asymtomatic and still spread Corona Virus, but at this point I think most people that are vaccinated are at the point of risking their lives to have fun, which shows what humans are all about!
It felt like things were back to normal. Cosplayers, panels, and lots of vendors and artists filled the Donald Stephens convention center. The video gaming room was fully operational, and I got my Jubeat rhythm on. At this point it seems that business is more important than sickness and health so things aren’t going to shut down completely for a long time to come to keep capitalism going strong. Conventions have come back strong, and so have the people who attend them. Check out some pics from the convention below!