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Progress Report December 2021: Arisia 2022

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Arisia 2022 • January 14-17, 2022
New England's Largest, Most Diverse Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention

Author Guest of Honor

Andrea Hairston


Artist Guest of Honor

Reiko Murakami

Fan Guest of Honor

Elsa Sjunneson

Progress Report from Arisia 2022:  We are about six weeks out and very excited to see you all there!  There’s some important info in this Progress Report, so please read all of it!  Specifically:

  • As you know, all attendees of Arisia must be vaccinated.  Please review our Covid Policy below!  Also, check out Vaccination Verification for details on how you can save time in the registration line by verifying your vaccination status in advance.

  • Arisia runs on volunteers!  We are looking for folks for a wide variety of volunteer positions, including before con and at the con, for many different skill sets.  Please check out Help Wanted on our website for how you can make this a fantastic con!


Price When
$55 through 9/30
$65 10/1 through 12/31
$75 after 12/31 and at the door

Vaccination Verification!

Don’t want to wait in a long line at Registration?  You can avoid that and help out our team by verifying your vaccination status in advance!  There are two ways to do this:  First, you can email a photo of your vaccine card or other info to our team at @email.  We will delete any information you send us after marking your status.  Second, you can join us on Zoom to provide that information via camera.  Zoom meetings will be held on:

  • December 12, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

  • December 21, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

  • January 8, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Zoom links will be on our COVID page, so check just before each event!

Please also see our Covid Policy at the bottom of this email, and reach out to @email with any questions.


Join Team Arisia!

Check out the latest Help Wanted ads on our website.

Access Needs

If you need an ASL interpreter, please contact us at before 12/15 to request one.

Hotel Reservations

​​Hotel reservations are open for Arisia 2022. Please visit our Hotel Reservation webpage for the appropriate links when they become active. 

​Booking Details

All of Arisia's functions and parties will be at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel at 425 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02210 USA.

Rates for 2022 will be:
  • Westin - 1 King Bed - $187/night
  • Westin - 2 Double Beds - $205/night
  • Westin Suites - $350/night - will be allocated by the Party Czar -- see "Hotel Suites", below.

The fine print:

  • All hotel rates are per night and do not include the 14.95% room tax.
  • All rates are for all occupancy levels, but no more than four (4) people may stay in a room.
  • Rooms include free in-room wireless Internet.
  • The only way to reserve a room is through this webpage, once reservations open.

Changes and Requests

Once your reservation is made, you can make changes and additions by following the steps on our Special Requests page. For any special requests, including rollaway beds, accessibility, location, change of room type or nights, etc. please fill out the Special Requests Form on that page.

Contact @email to cancel your reservation by December. 11, 2021 to avoid paying a one-night cancelation fee.

Hotel Suites

A limited number of suites are available by request only for parties, families, and others.

Priority for suites is given to parties, and requests are evaluated by the Hotel Liaison team. You must make a room reservation before filling out the Party Host and Suite Request Form using the link below.

Party Host & Suite Requests

Important Dates

  • Sun., Dec. 11, 2021 - Deadline to cancel Westin rooms
  • Mon., Dec. 20, 2021 - Special Requests due! PLEASE get your special requests submitted BEFORE this date!
  • Fri., Dec. 29, 2021 - Final deadline to make a reservation!
  • Tues., Jan. 10, 2022 - Final deadline to cancel a reservation, beginning of special rate
  • Thurs., Jan 19 - End of our special rate

Fast Track

Arisia is happy to announce that with the approval of vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 that we will be able to host Fast Track at our upcoming convention. For this year, we will allow five-year-olds to register for Fast Track. Unfortunately, we will not be able to host a Turtle Track this year. Only fully vaccinated children will be allowed to attend Fast Track. This means you will need to schedule your child’s first dose a minimum of five weeks prior to the convention, with the first dose on or before December 10.

In addition, Fast Track will be requiring temperature checks the first time your child comes into Fast Track each day, masks at all times, and no food in Fast Track. Any child displaying Covid or Flu-like symptoms will need to be picked up by their authorized grown-up immediately. Help us keep everyone safe and healthy!

We are still working out the details of what Fast Track programming will look like. It may not be as comprehensive as in years past, but we will do our best to provide a fun and entertaining space for your kids at the convention.

In order to make this year’s Fast Track successful, we will need your help! Fast Track is currently seeking volunteers and staff members to help out during the convention. If you are interested in hosting a workshop, craft project, or another fun event for kids ages 5 to 11 please reach out to Aimee at We will also need support from volunteers who can help with room monitoring and checking kids in at the Fast Track front desk.

Thank you for your patience as we navigated the best ways to keep everyone safe. I am very excited and grateful that we will be able to provide children’s programming this year. I have definitely missed hanging out with all the awesome Arisia kids!

Division Head, Youth Services Team



We are looking forward to lots of in-person gaming at Arisia 2022!  If you’d like to run something, please note that the deadline for GM sign-ups is December 15th.  You can find the form for tabletop sign-ups here: and LARP GMs can email @email.  Thanks!

COVID-19 Policy

Subject to change. Check our website for the latest update.

1. Vaccination against COVID-19 is required for all attendees.

  • Who is an attendee?
    • Anyone who is badged in our registration system. Only attendees are allowed to enter Arisia spaces, including panels, events, the Con Suite, etc. Note that non-attendees of Arisia may be staying in the hotel.
  • What about young children?
    • Children who are not vaccinated are not allowed to be badged or enter Arisia spaces. We do not have babysitting (Turtle Track) this year. However, we have opened Fast Track up to 5-year-olds, so long as they are vaccinated.
  • What is an Arisia space?
    • Any event or hotel room space used by Arisia for its convention programming, events, and services. This includes the concourse registration area and all “back-stage” and loading areas that are used for Arisia load in and load out. The lobby, while it may have tables for Info Desk, etc., is not an Arisia space. Note, however, that at the time this is being written, the City of Boston requires masks for all staff and customers over the age of 2 in all indoor establishments that are open to the public. Masks under this policy can only be removed when actively eating or drinking.
  • What vaccination is required?
    • For those residing in the United States:
      • At least two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, with the last dose received at least two weeks before con.
      • At least two doses of the Moderna vaccine, with the last dose received at least two weeks before con.
      • At least one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, with the last dose received at least two weeks before con.
      • Or, for visitors from other countries, an appropriate dose of a vaccine that the CDC accepts for travelers to the US (this includes the AstraZeneca vaccine)
  • What proof will be accepted for vaccination?
    • The CDC card that most people received with their first shot, including your name as it appears in our registration system, the date of your vaccination, and which vaccine you received. (You can use the AKA space when registering if you’d like your badge name to be different from the one that appears on your vaccination card.)
    • A state issued vaccination record, if your state has a vaccination registry, including the above information.
    • An electronic vaccination passport, such as GoodRx Care’s Vaccine Wallet, IBM Health Pass, CommonPass, or Travel Pass, or a state issued vaccination passport, including the above information.
  • How can I present this proof?
    • Starting in December, we will have several Zoom meetings at which you can ask questions about our vaccination policy. You can also pre-check-in for vaccination status only at those meetings. You will meet with a volunteer in a private Zoom room and can show them your documentation with either your computer camera or by sharing your screen. We will also create a DropBox where you can send us an electronic version or picture of your proof of vaccination. This information will be deleted once we have verified your vaccination status. Finally, you can provide your information at con at registration. However we _strongly_ encourage you to pre-check-in!
  • What information will Arisia retain in its records?
    • After checking to make sure that your proof of vaccination is valid under this policy, Arisia will not retain any information other than the fact that you are fully vaccinated.

2. Masks are required in all Arisia spaces except for the Con Suite.

  • What kind of mask do I need to wear?
    • Attendees must wear masks that cover both their nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of their face with no gaps. Face shields can be worn, but must be in addition to, not instead of a regular mask. If you have any questions about the kind of masks that must be worn, please email safety@ or ask a Safety Team staff member.What if I need to drink water?
    • You can shift your mask off of your mouth in order to drink from a bottle or a cup with a lid, but unless you are actively drinking, your mask should cover your mouth. If your water bottle is in your hand, but you are not actively drinking from it, your mask should remain on.
    • What if I need to eat for medical reasons? If you are eating something small (such as medication, cough drops, hard candy, or similar), you can follow the same guidelines as above for water bottles. If you need to remove your mask entirely, or for an extended time, in order to eat, we ask that you step outside of the Arisia space to do so.
  • Where is the con suite?
    • The Con Suite is in Grand Ballroom C & D, off of the Concourse near registration, rather than its usual location in Galleria near the Dealers Room. There is no food in the Green Room or the Staff Den.
  • Are there any exceptions?
    • If you are a performer in a stage event, and have received prior permission from the Events Team, you may be permitted to go without a mask while on stage. The audience will be socially distanced from performers who are not wearing masks. In the Dealers Room, we will close the room to attendees during certain hours (around lunchtime) so that vendors have the opportunity to eat and drink. They can remove their masks while doing so, as long as they remain socially distanced. These are the only exceptions to our mask policy.

3. Hand Sanitizer is required upon entry and exit of some Arisia spaces.

  • Which Arisia spaces require hand sanitizer?
    • The Art Show, the Dealers Room, Gaming, Video Gaming, the Minecraft LAN room, the Con Suite, Fast Track, and all events in the Grand Ballrooms or in Commonwealth.

4. What should I do if I have symptoms or believe I may have been exposed to COVID-19?

  • If you are local, and not staying in the hotel, we would ask that you remain at home until you are able to have a COVID test. If you are staying in the hotel, we would ask that you remain in your room. If you need a COVID test, you can contact our Safety Team.

5. What should I do if I see someone not wearing a mask or not using hand sanitizer as required by this policy?

  • Reach out to our Safety Team by: asking any staff member to do so, calling or texting [phone number to be added prior to con], emailing @email, or reaching out via Discord in the Safety channel.

6. Parties at Arisia

  • Open parties in hotel rooms should follow the same rules as Arisia spaces. All party-goers must be vaccinated. Masks must be worn at all times, which means no food and drink outside of the limitations above. We encourage folks to be creative with their planning! For example, beverages in bottles can be consumed in the same way that water bottles can be used, without removing a mask entirely, but only while actively drinking. Food can be provided, but taken to private spaces to eat.
  • Closed parties need not follow Arisia rules for mask wearing, but signage must be clearly posted that the party is a closed party, by invitation only, and that Arisia COVID policies do not apply in that space. In general, doors to closed parties should remain closed unless someone is entering or leaving. Those throwing closed parties are responsible for ensuring that their guests are only those who are invited and have consented to being in a space where Arisia COVID policies are not enforced.
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