Knobcon Number Nine is scheduled for September 10-12, 2021.

Organizer Suit & Tie Guy has announced that they are taking special precautions this year, to align with state guidelines and to make the event as safe as possible for attendees. Changes include mandatory masks, larger rooms to allow for social distancing and eliminating the Saturday synth banquet.

“I would like to thank everyone coming this year for their enthusiasm and understanding, and for keeping Knobcon alive to see another year,” notes Suit & Tie Guy. “And if you can’t make it, I look forward to seeing you at Knobcon Number Ten. We already have a guest of honour!”

Here are the details that he provided:

Knobcon Number Nine COVID Precautions

On August 26, Illinois Governor Jay Pritzker issued new guidelines concerning COVID-19 that affects everyone in our state. Effective August 30, he has mandated masks for indoor settings. Since hundreds of our attendees come from other states, we want to make you aware of how this affects Knobcon and what steps we have taken to make our event safe for everyone.

Registration

Our procedures are changing a bit for this year. Our registration will be “contactless” this year. As you arrive in the registration area, we will ask your name, check you off of our registration list and then pick up your packet/bag at the next table.

Lectures

All of our seating will be safe distanced. We are using a larger room and all seating will be at least 3 feet apart.

Exhibit Hall

We will be using the hotel’s safe distancing guidelines to ensure the exhibit hall does not get overcrowded. The ballroom we use is over 9,000 square feet and has a rated occupancy of over twice the total number of people we expect to attend, and never is everyone in the room at once.

Banquet

To relieve COVID anxiety, there will be no banquet at Knobcon Number Nine. However, we are having a Lecture Luncheon on Sunday afternoon. Our speakers will be available for dining and further discussion of their topics. Seating will be safe distanced at larger than usual table groupings. If you have purchased a banquet ticket, you will receive a separate message that outlines the options we are offering to provide the value equivalent of the difference in cost between the two meal events.

Music events

Due to staffing issues stemming from the current situation, the JAMMspace will also be deleted this year and The Big Room moved to the big tent in which we also have our Friday night reception. The Chill Out Room is moving to a larger space as well, overlooking the pool. Some of you may remember this room was used as the exhibit hall during Knobcon 1 and 2.”

See the event site for full details on exhibitors, scheduled events and tickets.

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