COVID-19 Plan

By January 29, 2021Uncategorized

MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ATTENDANCE & TEMPERATURE READINGS WILL BE TAKEN AT ALL ENTRANCES! We are committed to putting on a safe event during this pandemic, following CDC, County, and City guidelines. In order for us to be able to put on LOCALTOPIA 2021 for your enjoyment, and for the benefit of the participating vendors that have experienced the toughest year we have all had to face, we ask that you adhere to ALL of the measures we will have in place. Please review our COVID-19 Plan below for further details. If you are planning on attending the festival, we ask that you be prepared to cooperate with ALL of the following. No person displaying COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, sore throat or tiredness) should attend the event.

Pursuant to Pinellas County Order No. 21-3, the whole festival footprint will be enclosed. These are the Entrances at which every single attendee’s temperature will be taken upon entry + event Exits:

  • MAIN ENTRANCE/EXIT: Corner of 2nd Ave & 2nd St N
  • ENTRANCE ONLY: Park Entrance at 1st Ave & 3rd St N
  • EXIT ONLY: Methodist Church Parking Lot off 2nd Ave N
  • Overall Event
    • ALL ATTENDEES ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS AT ALL TIMES *Covering nose & mouth!* (no neck gaiters, bandannas – ONLY masks – can add face shields over masks, if desired, but not just face shields without a mask underneath)
    • Masks MUST BE WORN inside Williams Park, on 3rd Street North between 1st & 2nd Avenues, on 4th Street North between 1st & 2nd Avenues, and on 2nd Avenue North between 2nd & 4th Streets
    • Masks MUST BE WORN when engaging with any vendor, including food & drink vendors
    • Masks can ONLY be removed when *actively* consuming food or drinks. Eating & drinking can ONLY take place in the Methodist Church’s parking lot area nearest 2nd Avenue North. (#11 ON THE MAP)
    • NO SMOKING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE FESTIVAL FOOTPRINT
    • Seating will not be provided. High top (standing) tables will be safely spaced in the Methodist Church’s parking lot area.
    • All vendors, and volunteers are required to wear masks at all times
    • Sanitizer stations will be available throughout the event footprint
    • Handwashing stations will be placed by the portable toilets, and some will be dotted around the event footprint
    • Portable toilets will have sanitizer stocked in each stall
    • Signage regarding the required use of masks will be posted all around the festival footprint
    • PLEASE LEAVE PETS AT HOME! Pets present issues with social distancing (e.g. petting brings attendees closer than the recommended safe distance, leashes get tangled and bring attendees closer than the recommended safe distance, etc.). We want everyone to stay safe (both our furry friends, and our human friends)! Thank you for your cooperation!
  • Vendors
    • All vendors are required to wear masks at all times, including food & drink vendors
    • Vendors will be safely spaced
    • Vendors will have sanitizer available at their booths/tables/vehicles
    • Vendors will accept cashless payments AND cash – up to each vendor how they handle payments
  • Food & Drink Vendors
    • Food trucks will be lined up as in previous years in the “Food Truck Rally Alley” on 4th Street North. There will also be food trucks on 2nd Avenue North between 3rd and 4th Streets. Please do NOT sit on the ledge of the park on 4th Street North nearest the food trucks. * NO EATING & DRINKING IN THE FOOD TRUCK RALLY ALLEY *
    • Additional food & drink vendors will ONLY be found on 2nd Avenue North between 3rd and 4th Streets (there will be NO food & drink vendors inside Williams Park, nor on 3rd Street North)
    • Seating will not be provided. High top (standing) tables will be safely spaced in the Methodist Church’s parking lot area nearest 2nd Avenue North.
  • Beer & Wine
    • Beer and wine will only be sold in cans, and will only be available from the “Local Thirst Stations” on 2nd Avenue North
    • Beer and wine can only be consumed in the Methodist Church’s parking lot area nearest 2nd Avenue North
    • NO beer and wine can be consumed inside Williams Park, on 3rd Street North, 4th Street North, nor on 2nd Avenue North 
    • Our local breweries will NOT be pouring draft beer, nor will there be a draft beer truck
    • Beer and wine sales will be CASH ONLY (ATM machines will be located on 2nd Avenue North)
    • Volunteers at the “Local Thirst Stations” are required to wear masks at all times
    • Disinfecting Wipes will be available at the “Local Thirst Stations” and at the Welcome Center
  • Outdoor Live Music on the Williams Park Bandstand
    • There will be a full lineup of live music performed on the Williams Park Bandstand all day. There will NOT be any high top tables in front of the Bandstand. There will be NO eating & drinking inside Williams Park/in front of the Bandstand.
  • Street Art Experiences
    • Alas, because of the pandemic some of the wonderful, engaging experiences that are usually at Localtopia will not be possible for 2021. However, we will have some exciting, new safely-distanced street art experiences, and performers. More details about these will be posted nearer the date.
  • Social Distancing Throughout the Event Footprint
    • Volunteers will be roaming the event footprint to help maintain social distancing, and to remind attendees that masks MUST be worn at all times, unless *actively* consuming food & drink only in the designated area on 2nd Avenue North

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