Well, COVID infection rates are down (though probably under-reported due to the lack of reporting on home testing). There are no sneaky new variants in sight as of now. And, while the efficacy of “whole population” masking has come into question, CDC and other epidemiological experts are adamant that an individual wearing a mask is less likely to contract a serious case of COVID than one who is not.
Throughout the pandemic, we have tried to keep our precautions aligned with the risk, and risk appears relatively low right now. So, we are amending our guidelines to attend a concert as follows, effectively 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.
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. Proof of a negative test must be received by noon of concert day – no change here either.
We encourage guests to wear a high quality mask while moving around inside our house, but it will be up to each individual guest (this is a relaxation of our previous rules). Note that experts tell us that N95 and KN95 masks are more protective than surgical masks. As hosts, we reserve the right to require masks if, in our judgment, the situation warrants it (we’ll notify concert attendees in advance if that happens).
We will continue with reduced seating, 80% of pre-pandemic levels.
We will continue to keep the air moving in our living room. Our ceiling fan will be running, and we will open windows/porch doors weather permitting.
We will continue self-testing the morning of a concert, and we will continue requesting that our artists self-test as well. If you have been in a large crowd recently, we encourage all our guests to self-test before attending a concert as well. This is just a suggestion, and we won’t ask.
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 changing conditions with COVID, 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, and wear masks in crowded spaces, as advised by CDC. None of this science is perfect, but we believe it's the best science currently available.