Everything you need to know about attending a festival this year – including Covid rules

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Festival are set to go ahead this year, making a much needed return after months of waiting.

A summer full of music, dancing and good food is something that many of us are looking forward to.

A number of festivals have already confirmed their plans to go ahead this year, releasing headliners and information.

Whereas other festivals such as Glastonbury and Boomtown have cancelled until summer 2022.

It is said Boomtown cancelled following the failure to provide significant Covid insurance to festivals, in case plans couldn’t go ahead at the last minute.

A variety of festivals have already confirmed plans for this summer
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With festivals usually comes packed cars, large crowds, mosh pits and compact neighbouring tents.

But following the year of Covid, what can be expected to change at our summer festivals.

Will they be what we’re usually used to with full fields and crowded spots or can we expect our festivals to take a different approach?

What you need to know before heading to your favourite festival

Large crowds at festivals set to return
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Vaccine passports

It is yet to be confirmed if everyone attending will need a vaccination passport to help prove they’ve been vaccinated. Some festivals are asking for those without vaccinations by the time of the festival to take a Covid test and show that it is negative before entering the festival.

Social distancing

It remains to be seen whether the next stage of the government's road map out of lockdown will go ahead.

In their initial roadmap, step 4 stated that by June 21 all remaining social distancing measures would be removed.

This would be perfect timing for festivals this summer, however, it is looking like there may be a four week delay, meaning social distancing would need to stay in place.

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Cleaning stations

There’s no doubt that festivals will introduce further hand washing stations to help minimise the spread of infection and to keep everyone feeling as safe as possible.

Extra staff

Many festivals may implement extra staff to help clean and keep areas safe and “Covid friendly”. Particularly for toilets at festivals and shower facilities that are on site.

Extra staff could be introduced to help keep festivals extra clean and safe
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Masks

It is still unclear whether people will still need to wear masks during festivals. Current restrictions permit people to wear masks only when indoors so festivals may ask for masks to be worn when inside tents or ordering food.

Timed entries

Festivals may provide timed entries for people when first arriving at the gates along with contactless tickets to help provide a smooth and easy entrance

Timed entries to minimise queues may be put in place at festivals
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Capacity

There are current restrictions in place for limited capacity in indoor venues to still allow for social distancing as well as outdoor venues. But some festivals have already confirmed that they are not capping their usual capacity number they have at the festival.

Travel

With a green light system in place for countries safe to travel to, this could limit people hoping to attend a festival in a different county. The system is being updated where possible but it is still unclear where and when we will be able to travel this summer.

Check with your festival organisation

Each festival will issue its own rules and guidelines ahead of the event so be sure to check the festival's website for more information before arriving. Know what to expect and what you need to take with you to comply with the rules or guidelines in place.

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Everything is still a little touch and go regarding Covid restrictions and how these could later impact festivals.

But many festival organisations are confident they can make it work, providing a festival everyone will enjoy, together with keeping everyone as safe as possible.

The government are announcing steps continuously and with the hope that everything is on track, we could see festivals returning this summer with normality!

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