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QuoteMichigan Renaissance Festival 2020This is not an announcement of opening, this is how we are planning as we await for the Governor to decide when or if we can open.June 19, 2020 UPDATEDear Festival family,We continue to plan for the 2020 Renaissance Festival and are hard at work researching and implementing measures to provide a safe and healthy environment for our participants and families that enjoy this great tradition. We will operate in a manner consistent with health authorities and official governmental guidelines.Our final plan will be fine-tuned and developed in the weeks ahead as we obtain new and updated guidelines and are able to track and learn from measures taken by other venues currently operational throughout the world. Our final plan will scrutinize and review all aspects of our operations. We are committed to providing a Festival that will make us and you proud.We agree with the authors of The Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide who wrote "There is no guarantee of an illness-free event...It is indisputable, however, that planning, training, and implementing reasonable health and safety measures are the best ways to protect live events and the people who create them, while also inspiring patrons to return to the places where we make magic happen." This is the mission and goal of the Festival.As we develop our plan we will seek input from experts, including appropriate governmental officials and staff. Once we formulate our final plan we will communicate the details extensively on all platforms available to us. Though we do not think it prudent, or even possible to go into significant details at this time, because much can change in the days and weeks ahead, we do want to take the opportunity to outline and share some basic policies and protocols:1. PARTICIPANTS• Follow strict adherence to policies to promote protection and to serve as a model for others• Daily health checks, including taking of temperature, prior to the opening cannon• Leaving the site if any COVID-19 type symptoms develop during the day• Masks, gloves, and other Personal Protective Equipment required, where and when applicable• Washing hands often (hourly or less) and well (20 seconds or longer)• Practicing good hygiene• Proper sneezing and coughing etiquette• Social distancing of at least six feet whenever possible• In situations where participants cannot social distance, participants will stay in same teams• Emphasize the importance of not touching faces, in particular mouths, noses, and eyes• Agree and understand that they are participating at their own risk• The decision to not participate in 2020 for health concerns will not impact future participation2. PATRONS, VISITORS, and GUESTS• Masks are strongly encouraged to be worn when possible. If you need a mask one will be provided for a small cost• Social distancing protocols• Encouragement, incentives to purchase tickets prior to arriving• Discourage cash transactions whenever and wherever possible• Request one member of each group provide contact information for tracing purposes, if needed• Health screening protocols in place prior to being admitted to Festival• Agree and understand that they are attending at their own risk3. VENUE• Implement and aggressively communicate policies and procedures• Directional and information signs, possibly in the form of "Royal Proclamations", throughout site• Policies and procedures will be consistent with health authority and governmental guidelines• Provide ample toilets, hand washing and sanitizing stations throughout the site• Regularly clean and sanitize throughout the site, especially in food areas• All food and kitchen practices will be compliant with applicable Health Department standards• Social distancing will be encouraged throughout the site• Seating capacity may be reduced in certain areas• Minimize the amount of person to person interactions that are necessary• Have protocols in place for box office, including will call• Have protocols in place for buses• Have protocols in place for the parking lot• Have protocols in place for the gate• Have protocols in place for entering the Festival with tickets being scanned• Have protocols in place for medical needs• Have protocols in place for security• Have protocols in place to provide that venue staff is both protected and serves as a role model• Venue staff is participating at their own risk• Any staff member may choose to not participate at the venue if he/she has health concerns without penaltyThis is a work in progress in this ever-changing world. We will continue to work toward open until we are told we can, or we cannot. As we get more information, we will share it with you, our valued festival family. Thank you, stay safe and happy.
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