September 14, 2022 — UPDATE: COVIDSafe and Masking Policies

Good morning Tyger Populace,

Their Majesties, Their Highnesses and I have heard much from the populace regarding the change to the COVIDSafe and Masking policies in the Kingdom.

Several have asked who was consulted regarding possible changes to policy, and I can confirm that I directly reached out to all local seneschals approximately a month ago for feedback regarding the masking policies. In addition, we have heard privately from many of the populace who wish to see the masking policies reduced to be brought in line with state and local guidance, but are afraid to speak out publicly.

With that said, given the resolution from the Board of Directors, we still believe prolonging the decision to remove the restrictions is not in the best interest of the Kingdom as a whole. However, we regret that we did not acknowledge the need for socializing the change and the travel plans for many of our populace for the upcoming weekend when making our initial decision. As a result, the following adjustment has been made:

The COVIDSafe Policy and all Masking Policy restrictions will be dropped effective October 1, 2022.

The seneschal of your local group can reach out to me directly to request a variance for an event or official gathering/practice on masking policies only. The COVIDSafe policy cannot be adjusted on an event by event basis.

After December 1, 2022, all variances requested will have to be passed through the Society Seneschal.

Again, we thank you for your candid conversations regarding the policy changes and know that adjustment is always hard for everyone involved. Please remember courtesy and kindness when interacting with others.

In Service,
Magistra Audrye Beneyt
East Kingdom Seneschal

Ryouko-jin & Indrakshi
King and Queen of the East Kingdom

Mohammad & Corotica
Prince and Princess of the East Kingdom

French Translation Forthcoming

Please see original announcement here.


East Kingdom Event Workflow – Requiring Proof of Vaccination/Negative COVID Test

This East Kingdom Event Workflow is to assist branches in implementing the September 27, 2021 announcement from the Board of Directors, which allows Kingdoms to decide whether to implement a policy requiring all in-person event attendees to show proof either of full vaccination or a medically-supervised negative COVID test administered within 72 hours of the event. This policy will go into effect in the East Kingdom on October 12, 2021.

A. Read the policy announced by the Board of Directors on Sept 27, 2021: (click here)

B. Read the Society-written FAQ, which is being updated regularly: (click here)

C. Federal/provincial/state/local law always applies before Society policy. Tir Marans in Nova Scotia and PEI, for example, must be fully vaccinated to attend certain types of gatherings per gov’t policy; there is no alternative to show a negative COVID test result.

Workflow for checking proof of vaccination/negative COVID tests

0. Scope out your space and funnel attendees through as few entry points as possible. If you are in a public park, maybe do this with orange traffic cones and rope or make clear in publicizing the event that folks need to check in at the big maple tree before entering the event space — whatever makes the most sense for monitoring the flow of people into your space.

  • Events may have multiple gates, but someone must check vaccination/negative COVID test results at EACH gate.
  • Multiple people can check vaccination/negative COVID test results at each gate, but all who do must sign the statement required by the Board.
  • Anyone who checks vaccination/negative COVID tests must be at least 18 years old. Minors may NOT serve in this role.

1. For larger events, all event staff should show their proof of vaccination/negative COVID test  before gate opens to the rest of your attendees. If event staff arrive after gate opens, they’ll follow the same procedure as other attendees.

2. Anyone checking proof of vaccination/negative COVID test results should be stationed before the gate table/clipboard. Check vaccination/negative COVID test results, then check in to the event.

  • Smaller in-person gatherings like practices and meetings can have one person oversee all aspects of gate: vaccination/negative COVID test results, regular check-in with blue-card or signing the waiver, and contact tracing information.
  • Checking vaccination/negative COVID test results is a visual process only. Do not record that you have checked someone in any way, including a mark beside their name on the gate check-in sheet.
  • Do not combine forms — contact tracing information needs to be kept separate from the Board-required statement.
  • Pre-registration CANNOT include proof of vaccination/negative COVID test. This MUST be checked in person on the day of the event.

3. Someone else should cross-check that the person checking everyone ELSE’s vaccination/negative COVID test status is, themselves, vaccinated or has a negative COVID test.

4. All people who check vaccination/negative COVID test results must sign the statement provided by the Board. See below for a model page.

5. Treat the statement affirming that the person/people have checked the vaccination/negative COVID test results of everyone attending the event like event waivers — file & maintain them in the same way that you file & maintain event waivers.

COVID vaccination and Test Attestment form