We’ve spent some time researching the current stance on Covid from federal, state and CDC views and have decided:
At this time Masks are no longer required, but they’re still recommended. Vaccines/antibody proof/ negative covid test will be required for workshops/concerts. (Not required for public spaces. See below.)
As of today, festival participants will not be required to wear masks while attending Reno Ukefest. However, the CDC still recommends wearing a mask if you have certain personal risk factors and/or high transmission levels in your area and we stand by these recommendations.
Remember: Many people may still feel safer wearing a mask because of personal or family health situations, so please be respectful of their preferences.
Also as of today we will ask to see proof of Vaccination/antibody tests or recent negative Covid tests (within 24 hours of arrival) in order to purchase tickets for the workshops and concerts (same as last year). This decision is based on the standard set forth by other ukulele festivals across the country in addition to our concern for the wellness and safety of our senior/immuno-compromised ukulele community members.
Public spaces, however, will be open to all participants with no proof of vaccine required. Public spaces include the vendor station, public stage and hallway where ukulele strum-alongs like to congregate.
It’s still important to take safety precautions while enjoying the festival. So please sanitize your hands often, minimize your physical contact with other festival attendees and always cover your cough or sneeze.
As mask guidance and COVID-19 protocols continue to evolve, we appreciate your flexibility and understanding while we all learn how to move forward safely together.
Thank you for helping take care of each other. We appreciate that this is a very sore subject and everyone (including us) is ready for this whole fiasco to be over. As a community we are starved for human contact (not through a screen) and this is why we’ve decided to proceed with the festival in the safest way possible.
We truly appreciate your understanding and hope that some time in the future we can greet each other with a long-awaited hug and hardy handshake. Until then, I look forward to tapping elbows and exchanging smiles and stories with you in October.
Dani Joy & Perry