COVID-19 policies

The past few years with COVID-19 have certainly changed how we get together with others and how we interact in large groups. Because of the pandemic and the current environment, we’re making some updates to help keep Anime Fargo as safe as is practical.

The chairs and staff have been keeping watch of protocols and guidance from other local and regional conventions, and feel that, by September, it’ll be possible to have a safe and fun convention!

This policy is subject to update based on changing conditions or requirements.

Short Version:

Currently, masks and vaccinations are strongly
recommended for Anime Fargo 2023.

We will continue to review conditions and requirements and may make adjustments as necessary for specific convention areas.

Long Version:


  • Attendees must follow posted safety guidelines and safety-related directives from convention staff. Staff and convention chairs have full discretion over enforcement of these policies.
  • Policies are subject to change based on the ever-changing situation. We anticipate keeping these policies as guidelines and convention practices change over time. We do reserve the right to change these policies as we feel is necessary for the safety of attendees, staff, and our guests.
  • A safe and fun convention is our highest priority!


While we strongly encourage everyone to get COVID vaccinations, Anime Fargo cannot require vaccinations or negative tests to attend Anime Fargo.

North Dakota Century Code, section 23-12-20 prohibits a requirement of COVID-19 vaccinations or negative tests to gain entry or access to any product or service. We understand that this applies to Anime Fargo, and so we are unable to require COVID vaccinations.


Masks are strongly recommended in Anime Fargo rooms, including panels, vendors, screening, tabletop, e-gaming, etc. It can help with “con crud” as well as COVID!

We will have masks available on site for those who’d like one, as availability allows.


Sanitizer will be provided at key points throughout the convention space for everyone to use. It’s not just for COVID, these can help prevent spread of colds, flus, and “con crud” in general.


We are working with guests and those running events and panels to determine their requirements and needs. This may include distancing in panel rooms, barriers on tables, etc. These safety measures will be implemented as requested by our guests and staff.

Please understand that our guests and panels may have specific requirements for their events and may make special requests related to room layouts, seating capacity, etc. Any specific requirements for panels or events will be noted if applicable.

Artist Alley/Vendor room:

Masks are strongly recommended in the artist/vendor space since this is a high-risk area with a lot of people travelling through the room. Distancing is recommended for attendees visiting the artist and vendor spaces, and we will work with vendors and artists to address their requests and needs.