Following outrage over the more restrictive COVID-19 policy, Twitch has changed its safety guidelines for TwitchCon 2022

Following outrage over the more restrictive COVID-19 policy, Twitch has changed its safety guideline ...

Twitch is now required for TwitchCon 2022 attendees to wear masks at all times while indoors and to provide proof of immunization or a negative COVID-19 test up to 72 hours before entering the event.

TwitchCon San Diego 2022 will be livestreaming the exhibitions' official return to North America following a nearly three-year hiatus due to the outbreak of the global pandemic. While the convention made its re-debut earlier this year via TwitchCon Amsterdam, the coming San Diego conference received early criticism due to its relaxed COVID-19 safety measures.

Many of you have expressed your desire for a more enjoyable TwitchCon, thus we have changed our policy. Masks will be required indoors, as well as proof of immunization or a negative covid test.Lets make the ultimate squad up safe and accessible for everyone: https://t.co/MI4lMZ1Jdh

TwitchCon San Diego 2022 was originally announced on Aug. 1, but tens of thousands of potential attendees expressed concern about the safety regulations and cited the rise of COVID-19 cases after TwitchCon Amsterdam.

TwitchCon San Diego has undergone weeks of of discussion, and the venue has officially updated its safety requirements to address the needs of its visitors. The venue will now require masks at all times while indoors, notably excluding outdoor events such as the TwitchCon party and KappaCabana. Attendees will also be required to either obtain a vaccination or submit a negative COVID-19 test at least 72 hours prior to entering the event.

Twitch's recent safety decision was explained in this official statement: We want TwitchCon to be a place where our whole community may gather and celebrate one another. That means taking steps to ensure that as many people as possible are comfortable with the safety precautions they were taking.

The early response to the TwitchCons policy change has been quite positive, lauding the convention organizers for listening to fan concerns.