The COVID-19 Policy & Action Plan is based on an 8 Layers of Protection Framework that, when combined, aims to reduce the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and severity of illness of COVID-19. The purpose of this page is to provide cleared responses to frequently asked questions concerning the final COVID-19 Policy & Action Plan as approved by the Board of Directors (BOD) on December 31, 2021.
COVID-19 Policy FAQ
What criteria must I meet to be granted access to the festival?
At registration, all persons seeking entry to the festival must:
• Provide proof of full vaccination with either a digital health pass or a COVID-19 vaccine card or a photocopy OR a qualified and approved exemption that was provided by Interfusion Festival by email; and
• Provide proof of negative COVID-19 test results from either a PCR/NAAT test taken no more than 72 hours before festival entry OR an antigen self-test taken the same day as arrival provided by either 1) a digital or hardcopy with the person’s full name and date of the test result OR 2) a date- and time-stamped stamped photo of test result OR 3) provide proof of a positive diagnosis between November 14, 2021 and January 3, 2022 to demonstrate recent recovery from COVID-19; and
• Pass a self symptom screener showing no symptoms of COVID-19; and
• Have a temperature observed under 100.4 degrees fahrenheit; temperatures will be taken by Interfusion staff and volunteers at registration; and
• Wear a mask or face covering over the mouth and nose and continue wearing them at all times on festival grounds.
Please continue reading below for more information about protocol if/when any of these 5 requirements are not met.
How do I provide proof of vaccination?
Proof of full vaccination or an approved and qualified exemption will be required to enter the festival grounds in January 2022. Proof of vaccination may be provided by any of the following:
1. Digital health pass/certificate; or
2. COVID-19 vaccine card, or a photo or photocopy of the card.
How can I seek a qualified medical or religious vaccination exemption?
A limited number of exemptions will be made of no more than 2 percent of total capacity until November 15, 2021, for persons who have either 1) a medical condition or disability that prevents taking a COVID-19 vaccine or 2) a religious belief or practice that prevents the person from taking a COVID-19 vaccine. Exemptions will not be made for any other conditions or circumstances.
What if I arrive without proof of vaccination or a qualified and previously approved exemption?
Pass holders who cannot provide proof of vaccination or who have not received a qualified exemption will not be granted access to the festival.
How do I provide proof of negative test results?
The following 2 options may be used to meet the testing requirement for participation:
1. Molecular lab PCR/NAAT test taken 72 hours before arrival; and/or
2. Antigen self-test taken on the same day as arrival.
Proof of the negative test result may be provided with 1) a digital or hardcopy with the person’s full name and date of the test result or 2) a date- and time-stamped stamped photo of test result.
Note: PCR tests have the highest accuracy rate are highly encouraged. Antigen self-tests are less accurate than PCR tests but may be more accessible. For persons using a self-test, we recommend acquiring an antigen self-test in advance to test on the same day as arrival. Self-tests may be administered before arriving at the event at home or in a hotel room.
Interfusion encourages persons to self-quarantine or isolate after testing as much as possible until arriving at the event.
Where can I get a test?
At this time, there are many low to no cost COVID-19 testing options available in the US (CVS Health, Rite Aid, and Walgreens for example). See the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services summary on community-based testing sites for COVID-19 for a more complete list here.
In the DC/MD/VA area, PCR tests can be acquired at local pharmacies, urgent care centers, and/or Curative testing sites searchable by zip code. Keep in mind that most PCR tests results take a minimum of 48 hours to turn around, and may be longer in periods of high testing volume.
DC residents may get two (limit total 4) rapid self-tests from local libraries by providing proof of residence via a piece of mail or driver’s license. In addition, after meeting all festival entry requirements including providing proof of a negative test result, all full pass holders will receive a complementary BinaxNOW, QuickVue, or iHealth rapid test, along with other items provided by the Interfusion Team intended as additional layers of protection to further reduce the risk of all persons attending the festival.
Is supervision needed for the self-test option?
No. In response to the challenges with accruing covid-19 rapid test with telehealth supervision throughout the US at this time, virtual supervision of self-test is not required at this time. Self-test may be administered before arriving at the event at home or in a hotel room.
What if I recently recovered from COVID-19 and am still testing positive?
Persons who have been infected by COVID-19 between November 14, 2021 – January 3, 2022 may waive the testing requirement by providing a copy of a COVID-19 positive test result with their full name and the date of the test to firstname.lastname@example.org. Persons who have previously recovered will still need to show proof of vaccination or a qualified and approved exemption, a temperature lower than 100.4 degrees, and a clear symptom screener to be granted entry to the festival.
Persons who have been previously infected by COVID-19 who test positive at festival entry and have not already provided a copy of a COVID-19 positive test result with their full name and date to email@example.com should email a copy to the provided email address. After doing so and passing all other elements of the COVID-19 entry policy, persons will be granted access to the festival grounds.
What if I become infected with COVID-19 at Interfusion?
Persons who test positive (who have not recently recovered from COVID-19) will not be granted access to the festival grounds, should take CDC-recommended steps, should remove themselves from others, and should seek self-isolated quarantine of their own accord. Unfortunately, Interfusion cannot provide room, board, or financial assistance for pass holders who need to self-isolate and quarantine. Those who travel to Interfusion 2022 assume the risk and responsibility for their own provisions in the case of being infected with COVID-19.
How will the symptom screener be administered?
All persons entering the Interfusion Festival grounds are required to show results of passing a symptom screener, provided at registration by Interfusion Festival, by answering questions about possible symptoms of COVID-19. “Passing” a symptom screener means that persons have no symptoms of COVID-19. See the UCLA Screener or CDC Screener to get an idea of symptom screeners and what they ask.
What if I don’t pass the symptom screener?
“Passing” a symptom screener means that persons have no symptoms of COVID-19. Persons that do not pass a symptom screener should follow CDC-recommended steps and immediately separate themselves from others, and will not be granted access to festival grounds. Persons may return for new rapid antigen tests and symptom screeners once previously noted symptoms have subsided.
How will temperature checks be administered?
Temperature checks will be administered at points of entry as an additional level of protection to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 to participants and are required for access into the main festival grounds.
It is recommended that participants do not seek access at temperature check entry points within 30 minutes after exercising or after taking medications that may affect your temperature.
What happens if I have a high temperature at festival entry?
Persons found to have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be granted access at the time of the temperature reading and should take CDC-recommended steps, in addition to taking an additional COVID-19 test, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 or other possible illness.
In the case of persons who were found to have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher at the festival, and later have a lower temperature, these persons will be asked to show another negative rapid test result taken after the high temperature was registered and a new, clear symptom screener in order to enter the festival grounds.
What kind of masks and face coverings should be worn?
3-Ply and KN95 masks will be provided to pass holders at registration. Interfusion recommends use of 3-Ply and KN95 masks, however, any mask or face covering that securely fits the face and is worn completely over the mouth and nose will qualify.
Should program artists teaching from a distance use masks as well?
Face mask use is optional to program artists while teaching on a stage AND positioned 10 feet or more from their audience and others. To help ease facilitation with attendees, Interfusion is also providing clear masks to all program artists upon arrival, which are intended to help participants understand verbal/non-verbal instruction more clearly. All studios will also have high-end head microphones, with most studios having two microphone devices, to ease challenges with mask use.
How will the mask policy be enforced?
More than 150 Interfusion staff and volunteers give of their time and talent to serve our community, who will be circulating the event at all times and kindly reminding pass holders of proper use and wear of face masks and coverings.
What should I do if I’ve kindly asked someone to observe the mask use policy and they have refused?
First, remove yourself from any persons you feel uncomfortable around. Next, notify an Interfusion staff member or volunteer, either at registration or the Care Center, about your observations, providing the name, location, and/or appearance of the person who is not observing the mask use policy. Our team will seek to contact and remind the person about the policy.
What happens if attendees refuse to observe and comply with the mask use policy?
Pass holders will first be reminded of the mask use policy and asked to comply. Pass holders who refuse to comply with the mask use policy—of wearing a mask at all times fully over the mouth and nose—will be asked to leave the festival grounds by festival staff and security.
Can I eat or drink on festival grounds given the mask policy?
Regarding drinking: Attendees may briefly lower or remove masks to drink water/beverages on festival grounds. All attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own water bottles/containers to the festival for personal re-use. Interfusion will provide water stations in workshop studios that pass holders can use to refill their own water bottles/containers; Interfusion will not provide single-use cups at water stations in order to help prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 and to also reduce single-use waste.
Regarding eating: All attendees are asked to please refrain from bringing food into festival grounds. Eating will not be allowed in workshop studios nor on festival grounds such as hallways or in Expo grounds. Attendees are encouraged to eat discreetly and away from crowds.
What if I am having trouble breathing during physical activities?
If an individual is having complications with mask use while engaging in physical activities, frequent breaks are recommended to take rest before returning to those activities. While use of masks makes some physical activities more difficult to perform, 100% mask use requirements have been successfully implemented at many other events with physical activity components in the past, and have been shown to help reduce risks related to COVID-19.
If breathing complications persist, please ask for help from an Interfusion volunteer who can get help from Interfusion’s Medical Care Team.