Kindle NW COVID-19 Policy

 

Kindle NW is dedicated to hosting an event as safely as we can. We acknowledge that there is no way to guarantee a covid-free event and that the risk of contracting covid 19 is present any time people gather. We are taking the following steps to minimize the risk to attendees.

 

What we are doing:
  • Kindle NW has reduced the capacity of our event to a total of 500 people including staff and volunteers.

  • All Attendees, whether vaccinated or not, must show a negative covid test to be admitted

 

  • No workshops will be held in the lodge and occupancy will be limited. 
    • If the lodge becomes too full, you may be asked to leave to make more space. Kindle NW reserves the right to close the lodge, if managing occupancy becomes a challenge.
  • Masks are required in indoor spaces. This includes but is not limited to the lodge, restrooms, inside the medical team space (or any other indoor spaces you all can think of).
    • Masks will be available at the gate, at medical by the fire circle, and at the info booth.

 

What we ask of you:
  • Be prepared to show a negative covid test before entry
    • This can be a PCR test that was taken within 72 hours of arrival or a rapid test that is to be performed at the gate.  Please note, if you recently recovered from COVID-19, we recommend taking a rapid test because a PCR test can still be positive even after you are no longer contagious
    • If anyone in your car tests positive for Covid 19, no one from that car will be admitted to the event. To avoid this, we encourage everyone to take a test before carpooling to the site. Don’t be the reason your friends can’t attend. Know before you go. If someone does test positive at the gate, Kindle NW will offer you tickets for the 2023 event.
  • Please wear a mask in all indoor spaces
    • This means covering both your nose and mouth
    • Kindle NW will have masks available at the gate, at Medical by the fire circle and at the info booth.
  • Please get a COVID test if you start to not feel well during the event to help keep the community safe.
    • Rapid tests will also be available from the medical team by the fire circle and by the info booth.
    • If you test positive while at the event, space will be available for you on site but you will be expected to always wear a mask and only use outdoor spaces. 
  • Social Distancing is encouraged
    • This means keeping at least 6 feet between you and others you are not living with
    • Consent is more important than ever, please check in with others about how they feel about contact and proximity. Some are eager for hugs, others would rather not at this time, always ask.
  • Consider getting a COVID 19 vaccination if you haven’t already
    • Vaccines are not required for this event but they do reduce the worst symptoms of Covid 19 and can reduce transmission.

 

Our Rationale:

 

Testing Requirement:

It has been demonstrated that vaccination prevents the worst symptoms of COVID-19 and helps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 but does not prevent all cases of COVID-19. PCR tests are a reliable way to detect even non-symptomatic cases of COVID-19. Rapid testing is best at detecting symptomatic cases of COVID-19 and will reduce the number of contagious cases that enter the event. Attendees are encouraged to be vaccinated for COVID-19 if they are able to, as this will prevent serious illness if they catch COVID-19 at Kindle NW or in the community.

 

Refusing entry to anyone in a car with someone who is positive:

If an attendee tests positive at the gate on a rapid test, they are either already contagious or will likely be contagious very soon. Anyone they have traveled with will have been exposed and a rapid test will be unlikely to catch the most recent exposure yet. In order to protect the other attendees at the event, no one in that car will be admitted to Kindle NW. 

 

Reducing Capacity 

Reducing overall capacity of the event and capacity within the lodge will reduce the density of people at the event in any one location helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

 

Requiring Masks While Indoors

It has been shown that masking does help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and are still encouraged by the CDC for indoor spaces that could be densely populated