“On September 1, 2022, CDC recommended updated COVID-19 boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for people ages 12 years and older and from Moderna for people ages 18 years and older.”

On August 11, 2021, the CDC has streamlined Covid-19 guidance to help the public better protect themselves and understand their risk. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/p0811-covid-guidance.html This release has more to do with individuals and how to protect themselves than with how businesses can protect their patrons.

The CDC currently has two separate maps to follow, they are community levels and transmission levels for the state and country. The maps are now part of the same page on the CDC’s website which can make things confusing for the public. The two maps are the “Covid 19 Community Levels” map and the “Community Transmissions” map. The “Covid 19 Community Levels” map is to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. According to this new tool, currently, all the counties in Arizona are Community Level: Low except for Apache County which are Community Level: Medium. 

The “COVID-19 Integrated County View Community Transmission” map shows the actual community transmission levels of Covid in each county in each state.  This is the map that Monkey Paw Entertainment has been following since 2021. According to the “COVID-19 Integrated County View” map currently, all of Arizona is at high Covid transmission except for Yavapai, Cochise and Santa Cruz which are substantial transmission, Graham, Greenlee and Mohave County which is at moderate transmission and La Paz County which is at low transmission, https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view?list_select_state=all_states&list_select_county=&data-type=Risk

The country also has a new weapon in the fight against Covid-19, the bivalent booster. It is also a good time to get the annual flu vaccine. If you are concerned about Covid and the flu, please get the new bivalent booster and the flu vaccine two weeks before an event.

We will wait until Monday before the event to make our final decision on the steps we will take to make sure everyone stays safe at our event. We will be watching a combination of the community levels and transmission levels along with the percentages of the new bivalent booster to make our final decision on whether we will have a 100% mask mandate or make masks recommended. If we do have a mask mandate, if you are wearing a fursuit head, we will treat that as though you are wearing a mask as long as it’s covering your face as a mask would, but we do ask, if we have a mask mandate, that if your head has any large openings (mouth, etc) that you wear a mask as well. Right now, transmission levels are lower than they were in the summer, however with fall and flu season arriving, levels may change.

If you choose to not attend this year due to our Covid-19 policy, we will be allowing anyone after the show ends to request their badge be rolled to 2023 if you didn’t use it this year. All you will need to do is email sales@monkey-paw.com after October 18th, 2022, with the email you used to purchase your badge and request your purchases be rolled to our 2023 event.

If you have questions or comments on this policy please email safety@monkey-paw.com

ref:

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/p0811-covid-guidance.html

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view?list_select_state=all_states&list_select_county=&data-type=Risk