MFM 2021 COVID FAQs

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Dear Mephit Fur Meet attendees,

Thank you so much for your support over the years, and thank you even more for the support you’ve shown us in the last year. This pandemic took away our chance to come together in 2020, took many of our jobs and hurt and killed so many people dear to us. MFM has worked hard to make sure we will still be here when the time comes we can be together again. We have tried to be hopeful and cautions that we could have some good news about MFM 2021.  We are finally able to give you our latest update and what to expect for this year’s Mephit Fur Meet.

Many of you may be asking why plan a convention during the COVID crisis? While the nation suffers through this pandemic, we must plan ahead and hope everyone is able to keep getting their vaccines and staying safe, meets like MFM are starting back up. A meet like MFM has multiple contracts which are in effect and also takes many months to arrange: there are vendors to confirm, panels and events to plan, and we need to be able to allow registrations and promote all the things you have to look forward to. Now is the time to begin this promotion, with the hope that by the time of MFM, we can all with safety precautions go back to having fun again. With the state dropping Covid restrictions, if we didn’t have the convention, the cancellation penalties would have bankrupted us. 

We have missed putting on MFM as much as you’ve missed attending. We hope to walk the fine line between safe and fun, and we hope you’ll walk it with us. We’ve outlined many of these points in a frequently asked question style below. If there’s a question you have that isn’t answered, please feel free to send us a message or email and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Between now and MFM, get vaccinated, please stay safe, mask up, wash your hands, and remember that the night is always darkest before the dawn.

Q: What is MFM’s position on Covid Safety Protocols

A: The position of the Mephit Fur Meet is that COVID is real, masks are needed, and vaccines are wonderful. We urge everyone to get their vaccine as soon as possible and if you are coming to MFM, please know we are doing everything possible to keep everyone safe including asking everyone to wear masks or face shields in any MFM controlled area of the hotel. Masks/Face Shields are required at MFM. 

Q: Are you capping the number of MFM memberships sold?

A: Yes, we are going to limit the total number of attendees in order to allow a safer MFM experience. We know that many want to start going back to cons but we don’t want the weekend experience ruined by too large of crowds. 

Q: Will we be required to wear masks?

A: In response to the rise in cases and the Delta Variant, Mid South Tennessee Anthropomorphic Arts Association DBA Mephit Fur Meet, will require the use of infection prevention measures including the use of facial coverings herein to be referred to as “face masks.”  

We at Mephit Fur Meet strive to provide a safe and friendly environment for the gathering of our like minded family members to distance themselves from the strain of everyday life and reunite with friends and loved ones from across the globe in a relaxed environment.  However, due to the conditions of the infectious disease currently affecting the world, we have to require the use of face masks, in accordance with CDC and WHO guidelines set forth by the various health agencies.  We have several locations that have hand sanitizer and encourage each and every patron to use sanitizer after touching shared surfaces (IE keyboards, door handles, money, various products and goods) and to remember to wash your hands often and with soap.  We remind everyone that a mask isn’t strictly to protect you but is there to protect others from what you may exhale. Also, masks with the one-way valve for exhalation are not recommended by the CDC as they do not filter what you exhale.  Please refer to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html for guidance on types of masks, proper positioning and fit of masks and general masking care and use guidelines.  

We would also like to encourage those that use reusable masks, to remember that they need washing after every use.  We remind everyone that there is an onsite washer and dryer available, but also that sink washing with laundry soap and hanging to dry overnight is also acceptable.  We will strive to have our health and safety teams available to offer screening questions and non-contact temperature checks.  

Fursuiting and Masking

With the ongoing concerns of the many attendees both in and out of fur suits,  We felt that this statement must be made along with our standard masking mandate.  

The unfortunate issue is that a fursuit head is NOT a mask.  Per the CDC, all masks should be well fitting covering the mouth and nose, with NO valves allowing air to pass through without being filtered.  All masks should be a minimum of 2 layers thick, therefore we are asking if you are suiting to either wear a mask underneath or at a minimum a balaclava. We realize this is extremely short notice, but things are changing rapidly and we have everyone working together to keep, not just you, not just me, but EVERYONE as safe as we can.  For further guidance on what is recognized as a face mask, please see the CDC face mask guidelines at something that was an easy decision as we are in the south. It’s hot, it’s humid, and wearing a mask can make you feel like you are exerting yourselves above normal. IF you must make use of our cool down areas, we will require that after you take off your head, either in con space, public space or the cool down area, immediately put at least a disposable mask on as fast as possible.  We STRONGLY encourage you to take as many breaks as you feel you need, please disinfect your heads (as the virus can stay in the head from where you were breathing in and out) with commercially available disinfectants or even something as simple as alcohol in a spray bottle 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

Q: What other restrictions might be in place?

A: Other restrictions may include changing MFM event room locations, providing more room for lines, spacing out seating, or other layout and schedule modifications.In addition to periodically disinfecting conference and ballrooms with a spray disinfectant aerosol. 

Q: What sanitary measures will you take?

A: We will have hand sanitizer stations throughout MFM, the facility will be cleaned throughout the day, and some team members may wear gloves, staff are also required to be masked. Disposable masks will be available if you don’t have one. All our spaces will be periodically fogged with a disinfectant spray. 

Q: What additional measures of safety will the Con Suite aka the Critter Cafe be taking?

A: Our Critter Cafe staff has always had ServSafe certified staff in addition to a ServSafe Certified Food Manager as well. We are moving the Critter Cafe to the Evergreen Room (the big restaurant area) for better social distancing, our staff will be serving things in individual portions in bags, cups, bowls. The staff will also help get your  coffee or tea  this year. We have a long restaurant background so we have looked into every safety aspect possible including individually wrapped plasticware and such. All staff are vaccinated and will be gloved and masked when working around food. 

Q: What sanitary measures should we as attendees take?

A: Bring your own sanitizer, wash your hands frequently, wear a mask anytime you are in the hotel public space or in MFM con spaces (ballrooms and conference rooms)  and be mindful of others.

Q: I stay at Whispering Woods. Are they taking extra precautions?

A: Yes, they are adding extra cleaning and sanitary measures to ensure your safety.

Q: What if I’m not feeling so hot one of the days at MFM?

A: Please stay home. Although we want to share the joy of MFM with as many people as possible, we must all practice our best efforts to not spread a virus, whether that be COVID-19 or something else. Get tested, rest up, and we’ll see you soon.

Q: Can I volunteer to help at the event?

A: Yes, please see our website for more information!

Q: It really sucks that you couldn’t do MFM last year in person. What can I do to help?

A: Registering, and supporting the dealers and artists are a great start. Sharing our social media posts helps us get the word out, and being patient with any restrictions we may have to impose this year will make our job a lot easier. Other than that, have fun, be polite to one another, and remember that we’re all in this together. Mephit Fur Meet is all about community!

Q: I can’t come this year. Will you be back next year?

A: Definitely! We will be back hopefully more normal and we are already planning for 2022. Make sure to be at Closing Ceremonies for the announcement of the 2022 theme.

We hope your questions and concerns have been answered in the above FAQ. If not, please message us and we’ll answer right away. 

We have many exciting announcements soon; keep checking our website and social media for updates. And since everyone’s timeline could use a little cheering up these days, please share our posts so that everyone may join in on the fun. We can’t do this without you, and after a year of no MFM, we need your help more than ever to get the word out!

To find out more about COVID restrictions in your area and where you can go to get information on the vaccine, here are some helpful links and information.

Q: Where can I go to get more information on COVID and its effects on Mississippi and its residents?

A: The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) continue to closely monitor the outbreak of respiratory illnesses caused by the novel (new) coronavirus COVID-19, and are working to limit the spread of cases nationally and in Mississippi. MSDH is actively working with doctors and hospitals on responding safely and effectively to COVID-19.

Q: Who can I call to get more information about COVID in Mississippi?

A: The Mississippi COVID-19 Hotline, which operates 7 days a week from 7 a.m.–7 p.m, is 1-877-978-6453. Are you hearing impaired? Call 711.

Q: What are hot spots, and how can I stay safe?

A: Since the beginning of the pandemic, Mayo Clinic has been tracking COVID-19 trends and predicting hot spots to keep their staff and hospitals safe. Now, they are sharing the data they monitor so you can protect yourself and the people you love. The data the publish is updated daily and is compiled from USAFacts, The COVID Tracking Project, Department of Health statistics, and Mayo Clinic patient data. As COVID-19 cases surge across the United States, it’s not uncommon to see delays or gaps in the raw numbers reported.

To see their maps and statistics, visit https://www.mayoclinic.org/coronavirus-COVID-19/map/mississippi

Q: Do you have any information on getting the COVID vaccine?

A: Absolutely! Check out https://vaccinefinder.org/