COVID-19 Safety & Protocol

We are committed to providing a safe and responsible atmosphere for our festival. We recognize Covid is serious and while things are improving, we realize that things are ever changing and if we do not find a way to live with the changes, we will have to continue to cancel or postpone events indefinitely. We all want to see our festival continue.

Our commitment to a safe environment:

We will be creating more space in high traffic areas:

  • More lines at the beer truck
  • More registers at the gates
  • Spacing vendors further apart

We encourage you to buy tickets in advance to avoid lines at the gates. 

Volunteers at high traffic areas such as gates, beer and some food service will be wearing masks.

Hand sanitizer will be made available throughout the grounds.

We encourage you to wear a mask if you are not fully vaccinated or in spaces where you cannot socially distance.

Our festival committee, bands and their crew are vaccinated. We encourage all participants to get vaccinated before attending our festival. To be fully vaccinated for our festival, you should have your final shot by December 24th. If you cannot get vaccinated, we encourage you to get a negative covid test on January 5th, 72 hours before attending our festival.

If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid or are having symptoms, please do not attend this year and join us again next January. Symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • runny nose
  • cough
  • headache and or body aches
  • nausea
  • fever
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of taste or smell

Our world has become an ever changing place and we are doing our best in a tough situation but at some point, the show must go on, no matter what. In order to put on a safe event, guidelines may be changed, upgraded, downgraded, amended or mandated. They may include: proof of vaccination or negative covid test (this is the industry standard for most live music venues), masking in high traffic areas, limiting capacity.

Please note, we understand that we cannot please all the people all of the time. We are just doing our best to offer a safe community event that raises money for a great cause – The Hammock House, a free after school and camp for children and families of the Middle Keys. 

If you feel uncomfortable with our plan, feel that it is too restrictive or that we have not done enough, we respectfully ask that you consider taking a break this year. We also ask that you keep in mind that most volunteers are just that, volunteers who are giving of themselves for a great cause. Please be respectful to all. And if you have any questions or concerns, I would be more than happy to speak with you.

By attending the Florida Keys Celtic Festival, attendees are assuming any and all health risks to exposure to COVID-19.

Cathy Walters

FKCF Coordinator