After taking a year off Creation Entertainment is returning to the Rio Convention Center in Las Vegas for the 55-Year Mission Star Trek convention, kicking off on Wednesday, August 11th. And they just made a big announcement to protect the health and safety of the event.
Creation is bringing over 100 Star Trek celebrities to Vegas in less than two weeks, and they are expecting 15,000 fans to attend their rebranded convention. They have been running Star Trek convention for five decades, including a long tradition of a big event every summer in Las Vegas, but this will be their first in-person con since the global pandemic began in 2020. And due to recent events – notably the upsurge of the Delta variant – they have just announced new protocols for the 55-Year Mission Las Vegas event.
All attendees will be required to bring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result to attend the convention. Those who are fully vaccinated will receive a special-colored wristband, allowing access for the entire event. Those with a negative COVID-19 test (taken within 3 days of attending the convention) will also get a special colored wristband, and (if attending Tuesday – Thursday ) will be required to be re-tested on Friday. Tests will be provided by Creation.
In addition, all attendees of at the Las Vegas con will be required to wear a mask while attending the convention. Earlier in the week, the City of Las Vegas reinstated mask mandates. Creation will also have sanitizer stations placed around the convention.
A big part of conventions are celebrity photo ops, and Creation says they are working on a solution to allow for fans to not have to wear masks while taking photos. However, there will be a strict “no touching” policy for all photo ops, autograph sessions, and meet-and-greets with celebrities. Thin plexiglass barriers may also be used during photo ops and autograph sessions.
For more information and where to get vaccinated, visit vaccines.gov.
More celebrities in (and out)
The list of Star Trek celebrities is now up to 114, which includes some recent additions and cancellations. Recent additions include Hana Hatae (Molly O’Brien from DS9), Shohreh Aghdashloo (Commadore Paris from Star Trek Beyond and The Expanse), Greg Grunberg (Commander Finnegan from Star Trek Beyond), Steven Culp (Major Hayes from Enterprise), and some more Trek guest stars.
Due to professional obligations, Star Trek: Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green, Hannah Cheesman, Ronnie Rowe, and Raven Duada had to cancel. TNG stars LeVar Burton and Gates McFadden have also bowed out in the last week.
The current list of confirmed guests can be found at creationent.com.
General admission tickets are available in advance or at the door and start at $65 for a single day. (www.creationent.com)
TrekMovie will be there
Most of the TrekMovie team is headed to STLV 2021. We will be reporting on all the big news here on the site along with regular updates on our social media. Our All Access Star Trek and Shuttle Pod podcasts will also have special coverage of the event.
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