On February 25th, the CDC released a new tool “Covid 19 Community Levels”. According to this new tool, the tool 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 of the counties in Arizona are Community Level: High and Medium except for Maricopa, Yavapai, Pinal and Greenlee Counties which is Community Level: Low. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html
The CDC also has the “COVID-19 Integrated County View” map, that we have been following all this time, and currently all of Arizona is at high Covid transmission, https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view?list_select_state=all_states&list_select_county=&data-type=Risk According to that map, everyone in Arizona “should wear a mask in public, indoor settings”.
Since Saboten Con 2022 is now less than a month away, we do not know what the Covid transmission levels will be until we get closer to the convention. Monkey Paw Entertainment has had an 100% Mask Mandate in place at our conventions since 2021. We will watch the data and let our attendees know the Monday before Saboten Con 2022, what our current mask mandate will be for the show. If Saboten Con 2022, was happening right now, we would keep our 100% Mask Mandate in place due to the high transmission levels in all of Arizona according to the “COVID-19 Integrated County View” map.
The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown will also have multiple cleaning procedures in place due to Covid-19.
“Enhanced Public Space Cleaning: We have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection, particularly in areas with high traffic including restrooms, elevators, and escalators as well as provided more hand sanitizing stations.
Electrostatic Spraying: We're utilizing enhanced technologies, including electrostatic sprayers with hospital-grade disinfectants, to support our already rigorous cleanliness protocols.
Room Amenities: In-room coffee makers are not currently available, but guests can request contactless coffee delivery. Disinfectant wipes are available in the room for every arriving guest as well as upon request.
Every guest room is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to your arrival. During your stay, we will not provide housekeeping automatically every day. If you wish to receive daily housekeeping refresh service, please let us our guest services team know. We will be happy to schedule service according to your preferences. Please note that if you are staying with us a bit longer, we will automatically clean your guest room after every 6th night.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org after September 6th, 2022 with the email you used to purchase your badge and request your purchases be rolled to our 2023 event.