By Chris Aaland
Attendees, staff, volunteers and performers will be required to present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to attend the 25th annual Four Corners Folk Festival on Reservoir Hill over Labor Day weekend.
“As the Four Corners Folk Festival nears, our team has been working hard to produce the event in a controlled, safe and enjoyable environment,” said KSUT Executive Director Tami Graham. “The safety of all participants and our community is paramount. As such, we have kept in mind that regulations could tighten, understanding that the nature of the pandemic can change from day to day.
“In response to the growing threat of the Delta variant and in addition to the measures we already have in place, proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of entry will now be required for all festival entry.”
KSUT’s guidelines are similar to those implemented by other regional festivals like Telluride Jazz, Telluride Blues and Brews, and the San Juan Brewfest, as well as major national music events like Bonnaroo.
“This is an important safety precaution implemented to protect our festival attendees, staff, artists, vendors, volunteers and community members,” noted Graham. “The music industry collectively wants to continue to be able to bring music to you and is urging promoters to adopt these safety protocols, even when local or state regulations do not require it. Your cooperation and participation is appreciated.”
For those unvaccinated, a limited number of free rapid tests will be available on-site.
Graham recommended attendees not count on a rapid test on-site, but rather either get fully vaccinated before the festival or plan for a obtaining a rapid test within 48 hours of entering the festival.
Refunds will be granted as a result of this new health screening policy until Monday, Aug. 23.
Festival wristbands are required to enter the festival grounds on Reservoir Hill. In order to receive wristbands, attendees must individually present proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 (time-stamped within 48 hours) to health staff members responsible for document verification.
Document verification will take place at the Health Check-In Station, located in the Spring Meadow Parking Lot at the bottom of Reservoir Hill, 320 Hot Springs Blvd.
Attendees must be screened prior to traveling up to Reservoir Hill. Once health documents have been verified, participants can continue to the box office to exchange tickets for wristbands. Proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test is only required to be shown once during check-in.
Acceptable forms of proof of vaccination include:
• An original, official COVID-19 vaccination certificate or photo of an original, official COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
• Cellphone photos or myColorado app vaccination records are acceptable; however, all text must be legible.
• A valid original negative COVID-19 test (time-stamped within 48 hours of event check-in).
A valid, government-issued photo ID to cross-check identity with health documentation is also required.
Any person found presenting counterfeit credentials will not be allowed entry into festival grounds or onto Reservoir Hill, nor will they be issued a refund.
Children ages 12 and older are required to present proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of check-in. Kids ages 11 and younger will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of check-in.
Limited testing for COVID-19, provided free of charge, will be available via a mobile test center on-site, at the Health Check-In Station, Thursday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Due to potential limitations in medical staffing availability to administer rapid tests, all attendees who need testing are encouraged to make arrangements for testing in advance of entering the festival.
Attendees who test positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed entry to the festival and must leave the premises immediately. People who test positive for COVID-19 and cannot attend the festival can request a refund by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept.7.
KSUT has made specific changes to the festival grounds and operations that allow for increased physical distancing of attendees and control traffic flows and mitigate congestion. Based on current guidelines from the state of Colorado, the festival will not be requiring masks outdoors. Attendees are asked to be respectful of fellow fans who choose to wear a mask.
Mask-wearing will be strongly encouraged for all attendees in certain scenarios and locations, including but not limited to:
• If you are not yet fully vaccinated.
• While waiting in line at the box office, main gate, late-night venues, food and beverage vendors, restroom lines, merchandise and craft vendors.
• In other scenarios where you are unable to maintain a minimum distance of 3 feet from attendees outside of your household.
Complimentary masks will be available, while supplies last. In addition, the festival has increased the amount of handwashing and sanitization stations throughout the venue and increased the frequency of periodic cleaning of restrooms and high-touch areas.
A complete listing of the festival’s COVID-19 policies and protocols is available at www.ksutpresents.org.
The 25th annual Four Corners Folk Festival takes place on Reservoir Hill from Sept. 3-5. The lineup includes Lucinda Williams, Rising Appalachia, Tim O’Brien and nearly a dozen others.