Here’s what PAX Aus is doing to keep you COVID-safe

PAX Aus is going to be hug-free, heavily streamed, and above all, hygienic. Is this the future of conventions in a post-COVID world?

A few weeks ago PAX Aus announced that the country’s largest gaming culture convention would take place in person at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in 2021, following 2020’s all-digital, 9-day event, PAX Online. While COVID-19 restrictions are easing in Victoria following hard lockdowns, there are still COVID-safe regulations to consider ahead of attending. 

PAX Aus will run 8-10 October, and while safety guidelines are currently a bit general, organisers have stated that clear health and safety guidelines will be readily available and well-advertised through official channels closer to the event. 

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Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob