COVID-19 SAFETY @ THE FAIRE

To our guests, — our friends — you are in our thoughts as we travel through these most unusual times. As we diligently continue to prepare for our 23rd annual season, the health and well-being of our guests and participants are at the forefront of our minds.

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Long before COVID was a thing, we have always made our event’s cleanliness a priority, focusing on restrooms, eating areas, and food services. This year we are hard at work to enhance our sanitation to meet or exceed State and CDC safety protocols in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

With approval from the State of Connecticut and federal bureaus, we will be ready to greet our guests for a day of themed fun every Saturday & Sunday from September 4 to October 17, 2021, plus Labor Day and Columbus Day.

We look forward to your visit.

Brian, Eric & Todd

THE ACTIONS WE ARE TAKING

The Connecticut Renaissance Faire intends to open on September 2, 2021, safeguarding our patron and performer safety at all times. Here are the steps we are taking. We will continue to adapt these steps to meet or exceed State and CDC guidelines. These guidelines include (but are not limited to):

  • Program Administrator: We have appointed a State-certified program administrator to ensure all State and CDC guidelines are met or exceeded.
  • Staffing: We will maintain a log of all employees to support contact tracing. Attendants will remain at the same workstations throughout the day to minimize movement. We encourage all Faire members to stay home if they are sick.
  • Handwashing Stations: We encourage guests and members of the Faire to bring hand sanitizer. There will be numerous handwashing stations around the Faire.
  • Thorough Cleaning: We will sanitize all restroom facilities, games, ticket booths, eating areas, and any other high-traffic zones. Merchants are encouraged to maintain proper sanitation in their shops.
  • Booths: Ticket and food booths will have barriers where possible.
  • Games: Axes, daggers, spears, and equipment for games will be sanitized after each use.
  • Health Checks: All members of the Faire will receive a daily health screening before entering the grounds. The health test will include a temperature check using a touch-free thermometer. At this time, the state does NOT require temperature checks of patrons but advises us to collect the relevant data for contact tracing.
  • Expanded Eating Areas: Main eating areas will follow all guidelines for outdoor restaurants per State health guidelines. We will have these areas roped off and not require masks while eating or drinking there. We will space tables appropriately for social distancing under tents and in the open air. We will sanitize these areas frequently.
  • Hand Sanitizer: We encourage you to bring your own hand sanitizer, but will also make hand sanitizer available throughout the Faire.
  • Signage: We will have signage and markers to help remind people to maintain social distancing and communicate our intent. Signs will list our maximum capacity at booths, social distancing protocols, cleaning rules, mask requirements for customers, and Faire members. We will also post the state hotline number to report State and CDC violations.
  • Face Masks: Except when eating, we require facemasks for all patrons and members of the Faire. We will remind people, when necessary, to wear their masks properly! No excuses, no exceptions.
  • Site Capacity: We will be limiting the maximum number of patrons on-site to 50% of our best day attendance of 2019 (we’ll be allowing 1864 max on site at one time). If you plan to attend the show, we encourage you to purchase tickets online to avoid lines. We open at 1030 am on all festival days.
  • Parking: Our parking staff will work to stagger vehicles during peak times to promote social distancing.
  • Social Distancing: Shops will have a posted limit as to the maximum number of patrons allowed in at any given time. Seating for shows, queue lines, and eating areas will be appropriately distanced. We will be guiding traffic one-way where possible.
  • Travel Advisory: Faire participants that are traveling from areas listed on the governor’s travel advisory are being informed that they must either quarantine for 14 days prior to their faire participation or get the appropriate test approved by the state of CT. You can see which states are on the list here

We understand that risk cannot be wholly mitigated and encourage anyone who is immuno-compromised, 65+, or just too nervous to attend an event like this to remain at home.