Workshop COVID-19 Policies and Mitigation Measures

Updated July 26, 2022

COVID-19 Policies

Vaccinations

For the safety and comfort of all, we require that all workshop attendees and staff be "up to date" with their vaccinations. Note that for those under age 50 “up to date” includes one booster where eligible, and for those aged 50+ “up to date” includes a second booster where eligible. See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html (updated May 24) for details.

Pre-arrival Testing

We require that all workshop attendees and staff take a rapid antigen test either upon arrival at Folklore Village or within three hours previous to arrival. We will have rapid test kits available at no charge for those who were unable to test prior to arrival.

Any attendee who tested positive for covid six days or less prior to arrival at our workshop, or who began showing symptoms six days or less prior to arrival whether or not accompanied by a positive test, is considered still contagious and should not attend our workshop. Regardless of test results, if a workshop attendee or staff feels ill at any time, we will work with them to help them to safely isolate offsite if they are not able to drive home.

Masks

All attendees and staff are strongly recommended to wear masks but not required. We will have masks available at no charge on request. Note that the HFAA may change this policy at any time during the workshop based on the health status of our attendees and staff.

We will follow all COVID-19 guidance from the CDC, the state of Wisconsin, Iowa County, and Folklore Village. Additional health measures may be required. Changes to our COVID-19 policies will be published here as conditions change, and all workshop registrants will be notified of changes via email. For more information on the CDC’s COVID-19 guidance see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html.

Mitigation Measures

For 2022 our workshop utilized the following COVID-19 mitigation measures. Changes to these measures will be published here as conditions change.

  1. Distancing. The intermediate and advanced-level Hardanger fiddle classes will be held in the largest spaces on the Folklore Village campus, with plentiful air circulation, to allow for distancing between participants.

  2. Air filtration. The beginning-level Hardanger fiddle class will be held in a room with a quiet, large-capacity HEPA filtration appliance which recirculates cleaned air at short intervals.

  3. Outdoor dining. In addition to indoor dining, an outdoor covered dining area with open sides and with tables and chairs will be available.

  4. Hand sanitizer. For all meals and snacks, a hand sanitizer station will be provided at the beginning of the buffet line for everyone to use prior to handling any food items.

  5. Bunkhouse housing. Some beds in the bunkhouses may be removed to allow for greater distancing. Plentiful air circulation will be in place.

  6. Porta-potties and outdoor handwashing stations will be available as alternatives to the small restroom area in Farwell Hall.

If you have questions about the HFAA's COVID-19 Policies or Mitigation Measures please write to workshopchair@hfaa.org or president@hfaa.org.