COVID-19 Policies and FAQ

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly changing situation and we are currently doing our best to continue updating these policies to reflect the most recent pandemic conditions and the guidance of our venue, local government, and health officials. Please continue to check this page for our COVID-19 safety measures.

Will the convention mask policy and vaccination policy be updated now that the CDC and the state of NC have lifted their mask mandates and capacity restrictions? (5/14/2021)

Short answer: We don’t know yet. It’s important for us to take this decision seriously, and we are going to take some time to determine the most appropriate response. We promise to update this page as soon as we have reached a decision. Our decision making process here will be guided by trust in science, a strong commitment to attendee safety, and the comfort level of our staff members, without whom this event and it’s community could never exist.

Will I need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend Queen City Anime Convention 2021?

In an abundance of caution and in addition to our other updated policies and safety measures, we strongly encourage all attendees to get vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the event. Attendees will be required to provide one of the following to check in and receive their badge:

Documentation that the attendee is fully vaccinated against COVID-19* + a government or school issued ID with the same name.


Documentation that the attendee tested NEGATIVE for COVID-19 on or after 8/17/2021 + a government or school issued ID with the same name.

Attendees age 17 and under will not be required to produce an ID.

Attendees age 5 and under will not be required to produce a COVID-19 test.

*Fully vaccinated means the attendee received their final vaccination dose on or before 08/06/2021

Will I have to wear a mask to attend Queen City Anime Convention 2021?

Masks that cover the attendee’s nose and mouth will be required at all times inside of the conference space. Queen City Anime Convention reserves the right to revoke any attendee’s badge for noncompliance with the mask policy.

Attendees age 2 or under will not be required to wear a mask.

See also: Your Guide to Masks from the CDC

What if I have a medical condition and cannot wear a face mask?

Attendees that are unable to wear a fabric face mask will be permitted to wear a face shield as an alternative. Because face shields are less effective than fabric masks at limiting distance and spread of respiratory droplets, we request that attendees wear a fabric face mask whenever possible and only opt for the face shield if there is appropriate need.

Will Queen City Anime Con Inc retain or store any information from my vaccine card/test results/id card?

No. A Queen City Anime Convention staff member will check your vaccine card/test results at registration, check your id to make sure the name matches, and then give you your badge.

I’m not sure if my vaccine documents, test information, or ID are sufficient. What should I do?

Please email and our team will be happy to assist you.

Where can I get tested for COVID-19 for free?

You use the NC DHHS Test Site Finder to find testing locations near you. Since the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in March of 2020, many people should have coverage for coronavirus testing. Under the Act, public and private insurance, including self-funded plans, have to cover F.D.A.-approved coronavirus tests and costs associated with diagnostic testing. Please see your insurance provider for more information.

The two closest testing sites to the Sheraton Charlotte hotel are:

Novant Health GoHealth Urgent Care – Midtown

“We offer COVID-19 testing for upcoming travel at all centers.” -Novant Health Website

Atrium Health Urgent Care – Morehead

“If you need a test for school, work or travel, you can call your primary care provider to schedule – They’ll schedule your test and point you in the right direction. Don’t have a doctor? Call 704-468-8888″ -Atrium Health Website

Drive-Thru COVID-19 tests are available at Walgreens and CVS locations.

BinaxNOW rapid tests are available commercially at CVS and other locations. BinaxNOW tests can be completed anywhere at any time.

The NC DHHS has a published list of No Cost Community Testing Events. Some no-cost, DHHS-sponsored events are now offering rapid tests, typically providing results in 30 minutes or less. As of May 2021, we have confirmed that there are currently 5 no cost testing sites in Charlotte NC open daily. Anyone can get tested at one of these locations at no cost with or without insurance.

Is the venue space for Queen City Anime Convention increasing in 2021?

Yes! We have reserved the entire conference space at the Sheraton and increased the size of our meeting space from 40,0000 to 65,000 square feet. This is approximately a 40% increase from our 2019 floor plan.

What are the capacity restrictions for Queen City Anime Convention 2021?

Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services lifted mandatory social distancing, capacity, and mass gathering restrictions for the state of North Carolina, 5/14

There are special circumstances that apply to me, and I’d like to inquire about how the convention can meet my needs. Who can I contact?

Please email us at

What if I have more questions?

If you have any more questions, please feel free to email us at