COVID-19 Policy for Summer Games Done Quick 2024

Thank you for your interest in attending Summer Games Done Quick 2024! Games Done Quick is committed to the safety of its Staff, Runners and Attendees, and we will continue to monitor updates from the CDC, local, state, and federal agencies as well as our partners in regard to COVID-19. This page will be updated with information if changes occur between now and the start of SGDQ24.


What are the COVID-19 safety requirements to attend SGDQ24?

  • Masks are recommended, but NOT required for all event areas.
  • You must maintain good hygiene, including regular hand washing and proper sanitation.
  • If you appear to have flu-like symptoms, or are cohabitating with someone who has flu-like symptoms, you must relinquish your badge and will not be permitted back into the event.
  • A COVID-19 vaccination and up to date booster is recommended, but NOT required. See the vaccination FAQ for more details.

Our requirements are based on CDC Guidance and on speaking with medical professionals about the changes in the COVID-19 landscape. However, we will be closely monitoring local, state and federal COVID-19 hospital admission levels. We will also be closely following any shifts in CDC Guidance as we move into the summer season, and will re-assess the policy if there is a change.

What do I do if I feel sick?

To protect the health and safety of our attendees, Games Done Quick will be following CDC guidelines on preventing the spread of respiratory viruses for attendees with flu-like symptoms, or cohabitate with someone who has flu-like symptoms. For those who feel sick during the event, urgent medical care is recommended and Games Done Quick will provide information on local medical resources to any attendee in need. In addition, any attendee who must stay away from others will be eligible for a partial refund due to being unable to attend the event.

What flu-like symptoms should I look out for?

  • Fever
  • Severe Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sore Throat
  • Chills/Shaking
  • Runny/Stuffy Nose

What does cohabitation mean?

Cohabitation means that you're sharing a room with someone for at least a night. This could be a hotel room, a rented house, or if you're local, your apartment or living space.

What do I do if I have flu-like symptoms, or cohabitate with someone who has flu-like symptoms?

First, immediately reach out to the GDQ Safety Team, and let us know. We will answer any questions you have and provide additional guidance if necessary.

We recommend you take a COVID-19 Test, which should be available at a local pharmacy.

We will arrange a return of your badge to GDQ, and you will be unable to attend for the duration of the event.

If you would like to reclaim your badge, or the badge of a minor in your care after the event, you may do so by sending an email from the address associated with your Games Done Quick account to

If you are sick before the event, you will be eligible for a full refund. If you are sick during the event, you will be eligible for a partial refund. To request a refund please email

If you are a runner and your run has to be cancelled, the committee will accept a subsequent run submission of the same run for up to a year in the future.

What do I do if I was exposed to someone with flu-like symptoms but it was not by someone I am cohabitating with?

We strongly suggest that you follow the CDC's recommendations for exposure to COVID:

If you start to exhibit any flu-like symptoms, immediately reach out to the GDQ Safety Team (, and let us know.

Vaccination FAQ

Vaccination Requirements

We recommend attendees get the latest booster two weeks before the start of the event if possible, based on your personal medical/financial situation.

Other FAQ

What else is GDQ doing to maximize attendee safety?

COVID-19 safety extends beyond masks and vaccinations. In addition to the requirements for attendance, we will also be doing the following:

  • We will have a dedicated team whose responsibility will be to regularly sanitize contact areas of the event space. World9 Gaming will also be sanitizing their gaming hardware each time they receive a returned item.
  • The World9 Gaming staff will assist by ensuring the tournament space complies with our COVID-19 requirements, including sanitization.
  • N95 masks can be obtained by any attendee at checkin. One N95 mask will be provided per event date attended.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available in all event rooms.
  • The board game room will use UV Light Sanitizers to clean game pieces. Anyone bringing in a board game must have their game pieces cleaned when entering in the board game room. NOTE: UV Light may fade board game pieces.
  • Arcade Machine surfaces will be cleaned immediately after use.

What should I do if I submitted a run and no longer wish to attend?

Any runners who no longer wishes to attend the event for any reason should email for any availability changes. Games Done Quick will make every effort to accomodate these changes but swaps from onsite to online runs may not be possible due to scheduling and tech requirements. There will be no penalty for withdrawing a run due to not wishing to attend the event in person.

Miscellaneous Information

Please keep in mind that these precautions can only minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection and spread, they cannot eliminate it. Every person should balance their own health and risk factors before deciding whether to attend an event or large gathering.

Games Done Quick will continue to evaluate the pandemic's developments as we approach SGDQ 2024. Games Done Quick reserves the right to cancel, reschedule, or move to a virtual event if it becomes too unsafe to hold in-person. Refunds for attendance fees will be issued if the event is cancelled or moved online.

If you have any other questions about the COVID-19 policy information for SGDQ24, please send an email to Thank you for your interest in our event!

Document last updated: April 8, 2024