It looks like Florida Supercon may be the first major con to be held as an in-person event, according to an announcement from ReedPOP. The show will be held September 10-12, 2021 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Details on guests, badge sale dates, and more will be announced soon.

While Florida has had looser rules about public events in general during the course of the pandemic, there will still be enhanced safety precautions, including mandatory temperature checks and mask wearing — and no, Darth Vader helmets don’t count. Social distancing of six feet will still be required, and shaking hands is not allowed.

Everyone is required to wear an approved face covering while attending the Florida Supercon. For more details and requirements about face coverings, please click here.

Please note:  Based on current local and venue health guidelines, this policy applies to all attendees, including cosplayers, exhibitors, guests, artists, and staff. We will continue to evaluate this policy and post updates as they are available.

Costume and Cosplay: These policies apply to cosplay and costume pieces. Face coverings must be visible at all times. For this reason, headwear and cosplay pieces which cover the face in a manner which does not visibly fit the face covering requirements will not be permitted. We appreciate your understanding.

Florida Supercon, which is normally held in July, had an anticipated attendance of 55,000 in 2016. Given the social distancing requirements, the capped attendance should be a lot less for the 2021 event. There have already been several “mini cons” held in Florida even during the pandemic, but this will be the largest one.

ReedPOP, which acquired the event in 2019, has already announced plans for in-person events at New York Comic Con, C2E2 and Emerald City Con. In the meantime, they have been expanding their virtual Metaverse events, including meet-ups, virtual book signings and more.

We’ve all been wondering when live events will come back, and how we will feel about attending them. Florida Supercon may be the first test.