PENNSIC 49 – COVID 19 UPDATE

24th April 2020

 

G’Day Everyone,

COVID-19 is touching all of our lives and at this time our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our Pennsic Attendees, Cooper’s Lake Family and Staff:, the entire Community of people in and around Cooper’s Lake Campground we interact and depend upon, and our numerous vendors who supply our event. They are all part of the “Pennsic-War-Family”.

When I took on the office of Mayor of Pennsic 49, I promised to, and was entrusted with, the welfare and safety of the entire Pennsic Family. It is therefore with great sadness that I must inform you today that, we have decided to postpone Pennsic 49, scheduled for July 24, 2020 through August 9, 2020 to July 30, 2021 through August 15, 2021.

 

This postponement will come as heartbreaking news to many of you – and it has been an exceedingly difficult decision for us to make. Since the first Pennsic Wars at Cooper’s Lake we have been so proud to welcome people from all over the Knowne World to beautiful lands of Aethelmearc, but this year, sadly we cannot gather together as before.

 

As many of you have read in my previous COVID-19 updates, the impact of this terrible pandemic has effects that reach far past just those that attend Pennsic War. I will not go into all our considerations here again, you can all read my previous two posts that outline many of the factors we considered before making this decision. However, on this one occasion the emotion of Pennsic needed to be removed and the hard decision made.

 

It has been arranged with Cooper’s Lake Management, that those who have preregistered for Pennsic 49 may have their registrations rolled over to 2021.

If you desire a refund, please go to www.cooperslake.com and log into your pre-registration account.

 

Even if we cannot be together this July, we remain optimistic that the situation will soon improve. I know we are all very worried about the impact that COVID-19 is having on our loved ones and daily lives. My Pennsic team and I send you our very best wishes. We cannot wait to share time together at Cooper’s Lake again with you all.

 

Yours,

 

Sir Gregory of Loch Swan
Mayor
Pennsic 49

What else should I know?

 
While not unique to Pennsic, there are some health and safety issues you should keep in mind.
  • Fires, torches, and candles are common lighting sources at Pennsic, so be careful with flowing clothing or veils around these sources of flame.
  • Do not attempt to have any kind of flame in your tent. People have been seriously injured or even killed by making this mistake.
  • Avoid sleeping in a hot tent during the day, as this can lead to dehydration.
  • Don't forget to wear sunscreen and/or a hat or veil.
  • The drinking age in Pennsylvania is 21. Use your common sense – if someone won't tell you what's in a drink or you can't identify it, don't drink it. Don't drink so much that you get sick or can't find your camp.
  • Though certainly not as bad as that of a typical city of 10,000+ people, there has been some theft at Pennsic. Obviously, don't leave valuables unsecured in your camp. If you'll be camping with a large enough group, you can try to arrange to always have someone in camp, keeping an eye on things. If this is impractical, at least get to know your neighbors so both you and they will be able to recognize anyone poking about who doesn't belong.

Other good advice on camping safety, health, and hygiene is in Bart the Bewildered's Pennsic War Checklist and Guide.

Be sure you read and understand all of the Pennsic Site Rules listed in the Pennsic War Event Guide book. If you have any questions about any of the rules, be sure you obtain answers before leaving for Pennsic, so you don't have any unhappy surprises once you arrive.

News and announcements about Pennsic can be found on the Pennsic Facebook page.

 

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