Last week, CDC changed its guidelines for individuals to protect themselves from COVID.
Our big takeaway is that CDC is recognizing that, while the vaccines are quite effective at preventing serious illness for folks who are infected, they are less effective at preventing infection altogether, or at preventing transmission of that infection to others.
CDC is also recognizing that a recent negative COVID test provides good assurance (even with the known possibility of false negatives) that a person isn’t contagious at that time, even if that person is unvaccinated.
CDC is recommending a reasonable combination of self-testing, the appropriate use of high-quality masks and a measure of social distancing, when indoors in groups in areas of high COVID transmission. These recommendations apply to everyone, whether vax’d or not.
We have always said that we will follow CDC guidelines, and we’ve always wanted to make it as easy as possible for as many people as possible to attend our concerts, and to feel safe while they’re here. So, after reading CDC’s updated guidance, and talking with a few health care professionals, here are our updated COVID precautions, effective immediately:
If you are vaccinated, we will continue to request that you send us a copy of your vax card showing boosted status – no change here.
Kathy & Dave are vax’d/boosted, and will continue self-testing <48 hours before the concert, as will the artist. We also encourage other vax’d folks to self-test as an extra precaution (we won’t ask for proof, this is just a suggestion for you)
If you are not vaccinated (or partly vaccinated), we will request that you send us proof of a recent (<48 hours before the concert) negative COVID test (either PCR or home test is fine) before we confirm your seats.
We continue to request that masks be worn inside our house when not in your seats (or when not eating/drinking).
We will continue with reduced seating from pre-pandemic levels (though we may add a few seats if demand is high), and we will continue providing a bit of extra space between seating groups.
We will do everything we can to keep air moving. Our ceiling fan will be running, and we will open windows/porch doors weather permitting.
If you aren’t feeling well, and/or your most recent COVID test is positive, please stay home.
If you attend a concert and begin experiencing COVID symptoms or test positive within 5 days, please let us know immediately so we can pass the word to others.
One last note - this change reflects a change in guidance by CDC, not a change in how your hosts think about protecting ourselves, and our guests, from COVID. We still believe the best thing any of us can do to protect ourselves, and others that we encounter, is to be fully vax'd and boosted, as advised by CDC. None of this science is perfect, but we believe it's the best science currently available.