In an email sent out to ticket holders this week, LOCKN’ outlined new coronavirus safety guidelines ahead of its Fall festival scheduled for October 2nd-4th at Infinity Downs and Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA. The festival was initially scheduled to take place from June 19th-21st with a lineup headlined by Phil Lesh Quintet, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and Gov’t Mule, however, the ongoing pandemic forced its postponement back in April.
Festival organizers began the email with a statement on the reason for the updated guidelines,
We want to update everyone on the current state of our planning for LOCKN’ 2020. As we develop our plans to produce LOCKN’, the safety of our fans, staff, vendors, and artists remains our number one priority. Because the public health authorities are continuing to learn more about how the coronavirus spreads, the procedures for LOCKN’ must be flexible to ensure we are conforming to the latest guidance and recommendations. So with the understanding that things might change, here are some of the ways we are planning to make it possible to gather together and experience live music in a safe manner this October:
10 guidelines followed, starting with mandatory face coverings. The festival will require all attendees, staff, and partners to wear face coverings in all areas of the venue, though exceptions will be made for those eating and drinking while maintaining distance from others. Organizers are also exploring the addition of COVID-19 screenings so that patrons may take a test at the main entrance and receive a quick result. LOCKN’ will implement physically distanced stage viewing, with sectioned areas filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Additional measures will include increased signage designating walkways, campgrounds, and safety guidelines. Furthermore, the festival will add more camping space, provide cashless transactions, enhanced cleaning and disinfection measures, and additional hand sanitizing stations. The festival will no allow re-entry and asks all ticketholders who show symptoms to stay home.
LOCKN’ has yet to release an updated lineup, though it should be shared in the coming weeks. Head to the festival’s website for more information on the new LOCKN’ safety guidelines.