Michael Gartner has never seen the grounds of the Sterling Renaissance Festival look so beautiful. After all, grass stays alive when there are…
Workers at the festival will be required to wear masks as well, except for performers while they’re on stage. Workers will be screened daily before entering the grounds and will be encouraged to limit movement so as to prevent any possible spread of the virus. The festival will maintain an employee log for contact tracing, and a site safety monitor will oversee that and other new measures.
The festival will also add handwashing stations, signage about social distancing, and barriers at ticket and food booths. Game equipment like axes and daggers will be cleaned between uses.
Currently, the festival is planning to open with a capacity limit of 33%. Gov. Andrew Cuomothe limit, which applied to all New York state arts and entertainment venues effective immediately, on April 2. The festival said it will increase the limit, and revise any other safety measures, as guidance from the state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allows.
Another change the festival hopes to make before July 10 involves its signature improvised street interactions. Under the current guidance they will not be able to take place, but the festival said it will rehearse the interactions as though they will be. The festival will also make special provisions for people who show proof of vaccination, such as not requiring face masks, if guidance allows it.