March 21, 2023

The health and safety of all participants is priority at Anime NYC and all LeftField Media events. In organizing this event, we are following the state, county, and CDC guidelines in order to promote a safe experience. Even so, please understand there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in visiting any public place where there are people.

We are keeping our policies in line with local and federal guidance. Following these guidelines and expectations, we currently will not be requiring proof of vaccination or mandatory masking for Anime NYC 2023.

However, due to the unpredictability of COVID-19, LeftField Media reserves the right to adjust restrictions and requirements for entry to the event closer to the convention as required by the CDC and/or local guidelines.

Please be aware that some guests may require masks be worn during interactions with fans including, but not limited to, panels, autographing, and photo ops. Information will be provided as we receive it.

We do recommend that masks be worn indoors. We expect all attendees to treat each other with respect, whether they choose to wear or not wear a mask. We appreciate everyone doing their part to ensure Anime NYC continues to be a safe and welcoming environment for all.

We also continue to recommend proper hand washing hygiene, and proper sanitation.

We are constantly reviewing and reevaluating protocols as they relate to the current COVID-19 situation. We encourage you to revisit this page prior to traveling to the event.


The Javits Center has implemented measures to enhance the safety of all visitors, including but not limited to:

  • Installation of High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) air filters to reduce air pollutants throughout the convention center;
  • Installation of socially distanced seating in all food and beverage areas;
  • Installation of hand-sanitizing stations in public areas; and
  • The Javits Center has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation, the gold standard for facilities implementing strict infectious disease protocols in today’s environment. To achieve GBAC STAR, our staff demonstrated compliance with 20 core elements, from standard operating procedures to personal protective equipment. Learn more here: and


We understand that every member needs to assess their personal risk before deciding whether to attend Anime NYC. Thank you to all our fans for making Anime NYC a fun, inclusive and safe environment for all. We look forward to seeing you, either this year or in the future.

Feeling unwell before the event? Exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms? Please stay at home.

If you have any further questions, please email us at: