We’re incredibly excited to see you at PAX West this year! Our team is continually reviewing PAX West health and safety guidelines as they relate to public health recommendations.

Important: This page will evolve along with current conditions and guidance from the CDC and other health agencies. Please check this page regularly for updates.


At PAX and all ReedPop events, your health and safety are our top priorities. We’ve implemented guidelines and policies to help support a safe experience. Every attendee, including fans, exhibitors, panelists, media, influencers, Enforcers, and show staff, are expected to comply with our health and safety requirements, including:

Vaccine/Negative Testing Verification

In accordance with Washington State and local public health guidance, everyone will need to provide proof of full vaccination, or proof of a negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test to enter PAX West. For unvaccinated attendees – antigen COVID-19 tests must be taken within six hours of the event start time, and PCR COVID-19 tests must be taken within 72 hours of each day of entry to the event. For more details and requirements regarding Vaccine/Negative Testing Verification, please click here.

Face Coverings

Everyone is required to wear an approved face covering while attending PAX West. For more details and requirements about face coverings, please click here

Costume and Cosplay: Approved face coverings must be visible at all times. For this reason, headwear and cosplay pieces which cover the face in a manner which does not visibly fit the face covering requirements will not be permitted. We appreciate your understanding.

Increased Sanitization and Hygiene

ReedPop works with each venue  on comprehensive health, safety and sanitization standards. It is the responsibility of everyone to maintain personal hygiene. We are closely following the Washington State Convention Center’s evolving WSCC Safety First Plan based on CDC, governmental and industry best practices.


Reduced Capacity

In 2021, PAX West will have reduced capacity from prior years - attendance and badges are limited and we are continuously working with the venue to monitor how many people are permitted in the building each day and at a given time.


Directional and Distance Markings

We have adjusted our layout and implemented exhibitor recommendations with capacity management and physical distancing in mind. Please follow all floor, directional and distance markings and signage.

Follow All Signage and Direction from Staff

Operational adjustments may occur throughout the event. Please adhere to all signage and direction from all staff, including our Safety Ambassadors.

Follow the Code of Conduct

Please be aware of and respect the personal boundaries of your fellow attendees so that everyone can enjoy their time at PAX West.


PAX West management and partners are committed to upholding evolving health & safety standards in accordance with state and local guidance. Additional details about policies and procedures will be posted here as they are made available. To read more about our efforts to ensure Health & Safety at ReedPop, including RX in the new normal, please click here.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation, and we hope you enjoy the show!


Please ensure that you have reviewed any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travel to the United States and for travel to Washington. Visit for more information on Washington’s travel advisories. 

Please be advised that a risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any event or public space, including PAX West. Prior to purchasing a ticket/badge for and attending PAX West, please ensure you have read the latest CDC Guidelines for Prevention.

By attending PAX West, you acknowledge this inherent risk and, as a condition of entering PAX West, you acknowledge, understand and confirm each of the following in accordance with applicable health guidelines:

  • You will abide by all PAX West health-and-safety requirements;
  • You are not currently experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19, as identified at, including, but not limited to: 
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • Prior to attending PAX West you have not been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 symptoms without completing a 14-day quarantine;
  • You and/or any Minor for which you serve as a Guardian are not under any self-quarantine orders; and
  • That, in accordance with Washington State recommendations proof of full vaccination status or a negative COVID-19 test on behalf of yourself and any Minor for which you serve as Guardian will be required for entry to PAX West. 

For purposes of this acknowledgement, a “Minor” means any individual who is under eighteen (18) years of age or has not reached the age of majority as defined by such individual’s jurisdiction of residence, and a “Guardian” means such Minor’s parent or legal guardian or other individual attending PAX West who is over the age of eighteen (18) and acting in loco parentis for such Minor.

Please do not enter PAX West or Washington State Convention Center if you cannot confirm all of the above criteria. If at any point during your time at PAX West you do not meet all of the above criteria, you will be required to isolate and may be relocated or asked to leave Washington State Convention Center at the sole discretion of event management.

Please note: The guidelines in this document are based on information currently available regarding the behavior and characteristics of the COVID-19 virus, public health information and local or state guidelines with respect to large gatherings in any particular community. As more clarity with respect to these variables emerges, it is expected that these guidelines may need to be adjusted accordingly


Unfortunately, we are unable to offer badge/ticket refunds. Please ensure you are free from COVID-19 symptoms prior to traveling. Please click here to view our full ticket terms and conditions.

Everyone attending PAX West is required to wear an approved face covering. Additional details and guidelines on acceptable face coverings can be found here.

Approved face coverings are required to be worn by all attendees. To request an accommodation or for additional questions regarding accessibility, please contact us at

ReedPop and PAX West show management partner closely with all venues, local, state, and federal health authorities to maintain a robust operational plan designed to maximize the health and safety of everyone. These Include:

  • Strict compliance with code of conduct (including signage and staff guidance)
  • Retention of exhibitor and attendee information for contact tracing purposes
  • Increased sanitization and hygiene - trash will be removed from the exhibit halls with greater frequency
  • Designated entrance and exit points to the event floor
  • Directional and distance markings
  • Increased staff and security to provide the best customer service and information accessibility

The Washington State Convention Center maintains an extensive health & safety plan for all events, including PAX West. For more information, please click here.

The Washington State Convention Center is proud to have received GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation in recognition of enhanced venue health and safety measures. Established by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association) the GBAC STAR™ program establishes requirements to support venue work practices, protocols, procedures, and systems that minimize risks associated with infectious agents such as COVID-19

Everyone is expected to fully comply with all health and safety guidelines. Acknowledging the guidelines and agreeing to comply is a requirement of entry (See the Health & Safety Acknowledgement above). PAX West will have specially designated Safety Ambassadors available to ensure all guidelines are being followed.

PAX West expects everyone attending PAX West to adhere to our various policies, including anti-harassment, security screening, and more. Please click here to learn more about the other policies in place at PAX West. 

PAX West has adopted several exhibitor best practices based on industry standards. By taking advantage of these recommendations, your organization will help ensure a safer experience for all attendees and customers. Please note that these recommendations may be revised and supplemented to ensure compliance with state, local and venue requirements. The Exhibitor Manual will be updated periodically to provide clear guidance on recommendations and requirements for Exhibitors.

  • Space Layout & Design: Keep physical distancing in mind when creating your booth layout
  • Hand Sanitizer: It is required that exhibitors have an adequate supply of alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol in booths at all times. There will also be hand sanitizer stations located throughout the show floor.
  • Throughput: Control the scale, size and timing of meetings or gatherings within your space; avoid creating crowds
  • Dividers: Consider implementing transparent dividers in areas where people may be in close contact 
  • Reduce Contact: When possible, it is recommended that exhibitors offer touchless (electronic and digital) alternatives to engagement, collateral material and giveaways
  • Signage: Incorporate signage promoting health and safety best practices 
  • Increased Cleaning: Plan for cleaning of spaces and surfaces throughout the day; regularly sanitize surfaces and items with appropriate  

For answers to additional frequently asked questions, please click here. If you’d like to contact us directly, please click here.


  1. Attendees will be asked to show proof of full vaccination or negative test result on their smartphone or through a physical copy, along with an appropriate ID matching the name on the documentation.
  2. “Full vaccination” means that the day of your entry to PAX West must be at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose.
  3. For all guests, your documentation needs to be directly from the healthcare provider that performed the vaccination or test, and you can display your proof on your smartphone or present a physical copy.
  4. Anyone 18 years or older must also present a government-issued ID such as driver’s license or passport. Those younger than 18 may use a government-issued ID, birth certificate, social security card, school ID, or locally-issued ID.
  5. We accept proof of vaccination of any vaccine approved by the World Health Organization:
  6. Please note that all restrictions and requirements are subject to change, so continue to check back here closer to PAX West for current guidelines.