We’re all excited that being able to connect with others in person is becoming a possibility for more and more people. However, events held in city parks, like our festival, must meet the guidelines set by Columbus Public Health in order for permits to be granted by Columbus Recreation and Parks. While our friends at the city have been helpful and ever professional in sharing what they could, formal guidelines for summer events weren’t released until May 6th.
It takes months to plan an event this size in a non-pandemic year, and for a small team of volunteers (with regular jobs, families, and other board and civic responsibilities), this was simply too much of a logistical (and financial) lift two months out from the festival date, even though we take no issue with the requirements themselves.
Here are some of the requirements for events held on city property:
- Establish and enforce crowd limits
- Have designated entrances and exits (with some form of temporary perimeter barriers) and one-way traffic flow
- Enforce social distancing (for potentially thousands of people) **
- Enforce mask compliance **
- Perform health screenings for all attendees and participants
- Collect contact information for all attendees
- Perform contact tracing in the event of an outbreak