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Indiecon will only happen when it’s safe.

Hey friends.

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:

Distance

  • 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.

Hygiene

  • 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.
    Accessibility
  • 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.

International travelers

  • 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.
  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Angola
  5. Antigua und Barbuda
  6. Argentina
  7. Armenia
  8. Aserbaidschan
  9. Bahamas
  10. Bahrain
  11. Bangladesh
  12. Barbados
  13. Belarus
  14. Belize
  15. Benin
  16. Bhutan
  17. Bolivien
  18. Bosnien und Herzegovina
  19. Brazil
  20. Brunei
  21. Burkina Faso
  22. Burundi
  23. Cambodia
  24. Cameroon
  25. Central African Republic
  26. Chile
  27. Colombia
  28. Comoros
  29. Congo DR
  30. Congo Rep
  31. Costa Rica
  32. Côte d'Ivoire
  33. Cuba
  34. Dominica
  35. Dominican Republic
  36. Dschibuti
  37. Ecuador
  38. Egypt
  39. El Salvador
  40. Equatorial Guinea
  41. Eritrea
  42. Eswatini
  43. Ethiopia
  44. Gabun
  45. Gambia
  46. Ghana
  47. Grenada
  48. Guatemala
  49. Guinea
  50. Guinea-Bissau
  51. Guyana
  52. Haiti
  53. Honduras
  54. India
  55. Indonesia
  56. Irak
  57. Iran
  58. Jamaica
  59. Katar
  60. Kazakhstan
  61. Kenia
  62. Kirgisistan
  63. Korea (Democratic Republic, North Korea)
  64. Kosovo
  65. Kuwait
  66. Laos
  67. Lesotho
  68. Libanon
  69. Liberia
  70. Libya
  71. Madagascar
  72. Malawi
  73. Malaysia
  74. Mali
  75. Marocco
  76. Mauritania
  77. Mexico
  78. Mongolia
  79. Montenegro
  80. Mozambique
  81. Myanmar
  82. Namibia
  83. Nepal
  84. Nicaragua
  85. Niger
  86. Nigeria
  87. North Macedonia
  88. Oman
  89. Pakistan
  90. Panama
  91. Papua-Neuguinea
  92. Paraguay
  93. Peru
  94. Philippines
  95. Republic of Moldova
  96. Russian Federation
  97. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  98. Saint Lucia
  99. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  100. Sambia
  101. Sao Tome and Principe
  102. Saudi Arabia
  103. Senegal
  104. Serbia
  105. Sierra Leone
  106. Simbabwe
  107. Somalia
  108. South Africa
  109. South Sudan
  110. Sri Lanka
  111. Sudan
  112. Surinam
  113. Sweden
  114. Syrian Arab Republic
  115. Tadschikistan
  116. Tansania
  117. Thailand
  118. Timor Leste (East Timor)
  119. Togo
  120. Trinidad Tobago
  121. Tschad
  122. Turkey
  123. Turkmenistan
  124. Uganda
  125. Ukraine
  126. United Arab Emirates
  127. USA – the following states or US territories are currently considered risk areas:
    Alabama
    Alaska
    Arizona
    Arkansas
    California
    District of 1. Columbia
    Florida
    Georgia
    Hawaii
    Iowa
    Louisiana
    Maryland
    Mississippi
    Montana
    Nebraska
    Nevada
    North Carolina
    Oklahoma
    Oregon
    Puerto 1. Rico
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina
    South Dakota
    Tennessee
    Texas
    Utah
    Vermont
    Virginia
    West Virginia
  128. Uzbekistan
  129. Venezuela
  130. Vietnam
  131. Yemen

Regular updates: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html

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. 😊