AN UPDATE ON SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR THIS WEEKEND:
We continue to work under the advisement of the venue, our security team, and the Metropolitan Police Service. With their guidance, we have implemented a number of additional security measures. These changes may seem inconvenient or deviate from our usual policies, but they are done to protect everyone participating.
Our Updated Bag Policy: Standard handbags, totes, and messenger bags are allowed, but may not exceed 40cm x 50cm. No backpacks, duffle bags or suitcases will be permitted. Clear bags of ANY size (excluding backpacks) will be permitted. Diaper bags and bags for medical equipment or needs that exceed these dimensions are generally allowed but may be searched and in rare circumstances may be prohibited at the discretion of security. Each attendee may bring multiple bags that meet the above criteria. ALL approved bags will be searched through a pre-entrance bag check.
In order to minimize any inconvenience this may cause you, we have increased our indoor queuing area and have ordered thousands of large clear bags that will be available for belongings and purchased items. These will be provided to you free of charge at Will Call on Friday, or once you’ve entered the event.
We understand many of you are traveling and have luggage with you, and encourage you to utilize your hotel’s concierge service (typically available all day the day you check out) or off-site public lockers where available. If deemed necessary by security or law enforcement, pat downs may be performed in accordance with established venue and local law enforcement practices.
Cosplay Policy: Real weapons of any kind are expressly forbidden on the premises. This includes all firearms and airsoft guns. No fake guns of any kind or design will be allowed inside the venue. All other cosplay weapons must be made of plastic, resin, or foam. Crossbows must be unstrung. We strongly advise attendees not to bring replica weapons as part of their costume, as there is a possibility that this will slow down your access and your weapon may be confiscated.
Liquids Policy: We’re happy to report that after speaking with our venue and security team in depth, we will be allowing sealed beverages and other liquids (medications, etc) inside the venue. Opened containers or reusable water bottles will be subject to additional screening.
We have enhanced our already vast security and police presence to aid in these extra measures and in order to move through the line as quickly as possible, but we do suggest preparing for longer queuing times to enter the event.
Thank you again for your continued patience and support. We will be in touch with additional details as they become clear. In the meantime, if you have any concerns, we are here for you.
The Fan Fest Family