Indiecon will only happen when it’s safe.
A couple of months ago we all started living with an ongoing calculation in our heads. A calculation of risk and benefit, of protecting ourselves and others versus living our “normal” lives in the times of a global pandemic.
After weeks of holing up in our homes, it’s a pleasure to see how daily routines are slowly restarting, at least in Germany. People are going back to work, schools and daycare will reopen after the summer holidays. Theatres, cinemas, bookshops and museums have changed their operations to maintain safety for their visitors.
For us it seems there’s ways to live and work with the risks of a pandemic, to somehow keep this calculation acceptable and still stick to cherished habits, find entertainment and leisure, meet and exchange ideas.
That’s why we’re still working on this year’s Indiecon. What we’re doing is not at all essential, it’s not about life and death. It’s just about life. Literature, journalism, the arts – that’s why we get up in the morning. It’s the purpose, the meaning, the glue. Every publication opens up a small window into someone else’s mind, and many ideas develop best in discourse. Right now, as our universe has immensely shrunk, we feel we need this exchange more than ever.
That’s why Indiecon will happen – if it’s safe.
Our most important goal is that every exhibitor and visitor at Indiecon feels safe. Meaning: As safe as going to your bakery or your bookstore right now or as meeting up with a friend in the park. Our gathering will definitely change a lot and how exactly we can achieve this is still a work in progress.
Here’s the plan so far:
- Indiecon is in a warehouse, so there’s already a lot of space. This year we’ll double space with an additional hall and outside areas to make sure all areas and walkways are wide enough to keep a safe distance of 1,5+ metres
- The total amount of people visiting Indiecon at the same time will be limited to a safe amount
- We’re setting up a system for advance visitor registration, so you can check-in for a certain time period. That way you can: a) make sure to visit Indiecon without waiting b) check online if it makes sense to drop by spontaneously (if there’s still space available)
We’ll take measures to make sure everybody realizes which distance is a safe distance.
- We’ll ask every visitor and exhibitor to stay at home in case they feel ill
Everybody on the inside will have to wear a mask, except for children under the age of seven. We’ll have to check. We’ll keep an emergency stash in case your mask fails.
- We’re especially thinking of people with preconditions, the elderly or other so-called risk groups who have to be extra careful and might choose to isolate. We’ll make a digital catalogue available and you’ll be able to order the printed catalogue for net cost.
We’re also thinking about ways to make a digital participation possible, e.g. via a guided video tour or online meetings with exhibitors. This is still a work in progress and we’ll keep you posted.
- You’ll likely be able to travel to Hamburg from most EU countries in September. This may change, though, because it’s directly linked to the development of the pandemic in your area (the key right now is: more than 50 infections / 100.000 inhabitants in an area)
Many countries outside the EU are designated risk areas by the German government (see list below). If you travel to Hamburg from one of these areas, you’ll have to Quarantine for 14 days, and we don’t recommend it!
- Please keep in mind that there might be separate restrictions in place in your country of origin as well, e.g. a travel ban or a quarantine for return visitors.
- Antigua und Barbuda
- Bosnien und Herzegovina
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- Congo DR
- Congo Rep
- Costa Rica
- Côte d'Ivoire
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- Korea (Democratic Republic, North Korea)
- North Macedonia
- Republic of Moldova
- Russian Federation
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- Syrian Arab Republic
- Timor Leste (East Timor)
- Trinidad Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- USA – the following states or US territories are currently considered risk areas:
District of 1. Columbia
Puerto 1. Rico
Please keep in mind: There might be changes!
We’ll keep in touch with public health officials and we’ll use all available knowledge and tools to minimize the risks of an infection in the setup. In the end it all depends on how the pandemic develops. So there’s still all options on the table: The quirky Indiecon we’re working on right now, with contact restrictions and all, as well as a cancellation.
We can all work on making meeting opportunities like Indiecon happen each and every day, e.g. by keeping a safe distance and wearing a mask. 😊