2021 Health & Safety Policies

Covid-19 PolicyIf you have a choice, please choose to get vaccinated.

**Updated 8/4/2021**

Following a virtual-only event in 2020, we are excited and very thankful to be able to host the Southern-Fried Gaming Expo once again. With restrictions for live events in Georgia lifted, we aim to provide our attendees with a fun and safe weekend of gaming. While we believe our event will mostly look like it has in the past, there are a few changes in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the current state of the Delta variant. 

We believe in science and our policies are informed by CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines and additional event venue policies. Our guest’s safety is our top priority. Therefore, our safety measures are as follows*:

  • Anyone uncomfortable with SFGE’s health and safety protocols for our 2021 event should consider delaying their attendance until 2022. SFGE is offering an opportunity to rollover your pre-purchased 2021 membership(s) to our July 2022 event by request only. Requests for rollover must be received by Monday, August 16, 2021.
  • Anyone experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed entry into the event. Affected individuals should stay home, contact your healthcare provider, and plan to attend a future SFGE event.
  • In accordance with current CDC guidelines, all attendees aged 2 and up are required to wear properly-fitting face coverings indoors during the operating hours of the expo. If you are unable to wear a mask, are concerned about your safety at the event, or have any immune-compromising or health-related issues, we understand and ask you consider rolling over your membership to our July 2022 event. You can do that by using this form.

    Limited exceptions to this requirement include: 

    • Panelists and speakers during their scheduled presentations
    • Performers, including musicians and wrestlers
    • While actively eating and drinking
    • During load-in/load out of the game hall
    • In limited, designated areas determined by the organizers

In addition to our masking and attendance policies above, SFGE, Marriott, and Cobb Galleria have instituted additional measures which we feel will provide a safer environment for all attendees:

  • Arcade and pinball games in the game hall will have greater spacing between them than at previous events with a goal of at least three feet of distance between games.
  • For tabletop gaming, we will provide many more gaming tables to allow for greater spacing of gamers with additional event venue space for overflow gaming.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout our event space, in the gaming hall, and on gaming tables.
  • The Cobb Galleria and Renaissance Waverly have implemented increased cleaning of event venues by staff. View the Cobb Galleria’s “Safety First” Guidelines here. View Marriott’s “What to Expect” information here.
  • Cobb Galleria Centre adheres to routine maintenance on their HVAC systems to facilitate increased ventilation rates, improve central air filtration, increase the fresh air brought into the building, and reduce the re-circulation of air.
  • Events that have previously experienced large crowds (such as wrestling, hotlanta extreme eating challenge, ’80s prom, etc) may require attendance caps and reduced seating capacity. We will be monitoring audience loading of events and event spaces. Should crowding become an issue, we will hold guests at the door and institute a 1-out, 1-in policy as needed.

Even though we are working hard to have a safe event for everyone involved, by attending SFGE you assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure.

It is important to protect our gaming community. We want to see all your smiling faces…eventually. However, in order to successfully host our 2021 event and return for future events these measures need to be in place. Let’s draw on our strength as a community to work together to keep everyone safe and healthy. Thank you for your patience, kindness, understanding, and support.

*These policies are subject to change following official COVID-19 guideline updates from the CDC, declarations from city or state officials, or the rate of transmission in Cobb County.