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Covid Safety Policies
Last revised: June 13, 2023
The following policies were developed by the Zimfest Association Board. All Covid Safety policies are subject to change, based on the situation in August, 2023. Any changes will be announced on this website. Please send any questions to .
Since at the time of writing, COVID deaths continue to number in the thousands per week (see CDC Covid Tracker), the Zimfest Board strongly recommends — but does not require — that all attendees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including the bivalent booster which became available in September 2022. The bivalent booster gives protection against the now-dominant Omicron variant as well as the original COVID virus.1 All persons from age 6 months and up are eligible for COVID vaccinations and bivalent booster, and the CDC recommends that everyone stay up to date on vaccinations for their age group.
1 Effectiveness of Bivalent Boosters against Severe Omicron Infection, New England Journal of Medicine, Jan 25 2023.
As members of a community who care about one another, we are mindful of those among us who have a weakened immune system or chronic illness. In order to keep everyone as safe as possible, we recommend, but do not require, that all Zimfest participants wear a mask while in indoor public spaces.
However, teachers may require masking in indoor classrooms; if so, we expect participants to respect the teacher’s wishes and comply. We ask this with consideration, holding the best of intentions for a healthy gathering of our Zimfest community.
We encourage attendees to bring their preferred style of mask (KN95/N95 or surgical) with them. Zimfest will make masks and hand sanitizer available at registration, while supplies last. Masking is optional in outdoor spaces, including outdoor concerts, per Benton County public health regulations.