Health & Safety

HEALTH & SAFETY AT THE ARTICHOKE FESTIVAL

The health and safety of the Artichoke Festival and Monterey Peninsula communities remains our top priority. We are working closely with local and state officials to create the safest festival experience possible. As protocols continue to evolve rapidly regarding public gatherings, we will post all requirements for guests to adhere to prior to the festival dates on our website.

COVID-19

The Artichoke Festival will not require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or negative tests for entry into the event. In accordance with State and County guidelines, guests must wear face coverings while attending the Festival unless actively eating or drinking.

We are heartened by the direction our fight against COVID-19 has taken, and hopeful it will continue to improve across the country, but we are still monitoring matters closely. In the meantime, please help us achieve our goals by continuing to wear masks and get fully vaccinated as soon as you can!

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people gather. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By purchasing a ticket, you assume all risks, hazards, and dangers arising from or relating in any way to the risk of contracting COVID-19 or any other communicable disease or illness, or a bacteria, virus or other pathogen capable of causing a communicable disease or illness, whether occurring before, during, or after the event, however caused or contracted, and voluntarily waive all claims and potential claims against the City and County of Monterey, state of California, the Artichoke Festival Organizers, and their affiliated companies relating to such risks.

You expressly agree to comply with all Federal, State, and Local laws, ordinance, regulations, and the rules of the Event Organizers when attending the event.

Read More About Face Coverings

Face coverings are required at the Artichoke Festival at all times. Limited exceptions include:

  • Children under the age of 2
  • While actively eating or drinking

All guests visiting the Artichoke Festival must bring their own CDC approved face covering. Face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth, and must be worn prior to arrival at the entry gates. Face coverings that will NOT be allowed include:

  • Face shields alone (face shields accompanying a face covering will be allowed)
  • Any covering that does not fit securely on the face and over the nose and mouth
  • Any face covering that is vented or has an exhaust port
  • Any plastic transparent face or mouth guard/covering
  • Any face covering that has explicit or inappropriate imagery or language

The Artichoke Festival Organizers reserve the right to refuse entry to any guest not wearing proper face covering.

Read More About Social Distancing

Please maintain a safe distance of at least six feet from guests not in your immediate group at the Artichoke Festival. While at the Festival, please pay attention to all posted signage regarding capacity, directional flow, and viewing guidelines.

Signage and Guidelines

Safety signage, including visual and verbal reminders of physical distancing, directional flow, and viewing guidelines, must be adhered to while visiting the Festival. Failure to comply with posted or verbal guidelines may result in ejection from the Artichoke Festival.

Read More About Hand Sanitizing

Numerous hand sanitizer stations have been added throughout the Festival grounds. Guests, volunteers, vendors and staff are encouraged to sanitize and wash their hands frequently.

Read More About Touchless Admissions

The Artichoke Festival highly encourages touchless admissions at the gate for 2021. Guests may use major credit cards and debit cards. A cash-only line will be available for those cannot use a debit or credit card.

Concessions and Vendor Purchases

Concession stands will be available for guests to walk up and purchase food and drink while maintaining physical distance.

The Festival does not direct non-Festival owned vendors regarding the purchase of goods, however many, but not all of these vendors will be able to take debit or credit cards for purchases. ATM machines will be available for obtaining cash from debit/credit cards.

Feeling Sick, Stay Home – COVID-19 Safety

By entering the Artichoke Festival grounds, guests are confirming that they are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 identified by the CDC at CDC.gov, including:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Not tested positive for COVID-19 or experienced COVID019 symptoms in the last 14 days
  • Not been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or experienced COVID-19 symptoms [in the last 14 days] or [without completing a 14-day quarantine]

Security Measures

We take security and safety at the Artichoke Festival seriously and hope you will help us in our collective effort in following all measures. Our security protocols, including the bag check policy and prohibited items list, were created to protect everyone, including guests, staff, volunteers, vendors, sponsors, and performing artists. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us make the Artichoke Festival the safest experience possible for everyone.

The following items are prohibited on Festival grounds:

  • Guns, knives, mace/pepper spray/stream, or any items that could be considered or used as weapons
  • Alcohol, illegal substances or cannabis products in any form
  • Bottles, cans or hard-sided containers
  • Non-factory sealed plastic bottles (permitted if empty)
  • Ice chests or coolers
  • Outside food and beverage (unless for medical reasons)
  • Chairs
  • Pets other than approved service animals
  • Grills, charcoal and flammable liquids
  • Tents, tables and large shade umbrellas
  • Fireworks, firecrackers
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, skates/rollerblades and Segways
  • Any other items deemed dangerous or inappropriate by Artichoke Festival personnel

At the Festival

Parking On-site all-day parking will be available in the Fairgrounds lots on the East end of the grounds for $10 per vehicle. Cash payments are accepted. There are ADA marked parking spaces near the Gate 5 Ticket Booth on Fairground Rd., and on the far West end of the grounds. These ADA parking spaces are free of charge. A shuttle is available for Festival guests from the East parking lot (Gate 8) to Gate 5 Admissions booth. Parking gates will open 30 minutes before the event. More info about parking and directions.

Entry Guidelines Upon arrival, please be aware of posted signage and markers that have been displayed to help educate and prepare guests as they prepare to enter the Festival. All security lanes will be properly distanced with floor markings. At entry gates, Festival staff will share policies and request verbal acknowledgement prior to entry. Gates will open for guests at 10:00AM both days of the event.

Signage and Guidelines Safety signage, including visual and verbal reminders of physical distancing, directional flow, and viewing guidelines, must be adhered to while visiting the Artichoke Festival. Failure to comply with posted or verbal guidelines may result in ejection from the Festival grounds.

Touchless Admissions Encouraged The Artichoke Festival highly encourages touchless admissions at the gate for 2021. Guests may use major credit cards and debit cards. A cash-only line will be available for those who cannot use a debit or credit card.

Souvenirs

A Festival Souvenir booth will be open during the event for Festival guests.

Food and Beverage Concessions Festival Concession Booths and other food vendors will be available for guests to walk up and purchase food and drink while maintaining physical distance at the event. The Festival does not direct non-Festival owned vendors regarding the purchase of goods, however many, but not all of these vendors will be able to take debit or credit cards for purchases. ATM machines will be available for obtaining cash from debit/credit cards. No cans or glass bottles will be allowed. Please note: due to California guidelines, all water fountains will be closed, please plan accordingly.

Festival Grounds Sanitization Enhanced sanitization protocols are in place for the 2021 Artichoke Festival, including routinely sanitizing and cleaning high-traffic areas.

Festival Staff/Volunteers Volunteers and staff will be required to wear face coverings at all times while at the Festival. Volunteers and staff will adhere to strict health and safety protocols, including daily temperature screenings, and will maintain a safe physical distance while assisting guests at the Festival.

Code of Conduct
The Artichoke Festival is a family oriented event, and all who attend are expected to conduct themselves accordingly with respect and consideration toward each other. Those who cannot comply risk being removed for the remainder of the event. There will be no refunds to the guest for any such removal. The following activities or behaviors are prohibited:

  • Bullying or aggressive horseplay, fighting, throwing objects, or intimidating behavior toward other guests, volunteers, or staff will NOT be tolerated.
    • Disruptive profanity, and threatening or vulgar clothing, language or signs.
  • Any act defined by federal, state, or local stature or ordinances as constituting a crime, including damage, destruction, theft, or vandalism.
  • Inappropriate attire: shoes and shirts are always required at the Artichoke Festival.
  • Smoking of tobacco, e-cigarettes, vaporizers, or other similar products that produce smoke or vapor anywhere other than the designated area(s).
  • Failure to maintain proper control of an authorized service animal.
  • Failure to follow the direction or reasonable requests of Artichoke Festival personnel.
  • Solicitation including the selling and/or distribution of materials of any kind.
  • Guests entering the Artichoke Festival grounds grant unrestricted rights and licenses to promoters, facility management and all other entities associated with the Artichoke Festival or Monterey County Fair or their respective agents to guests’ likeness in any broadcast, telecast, photograph taken or other transmission or reproduction in connection with the event.
  • Castroville Artichoke Festival, Inc. reserves the right to determine what activities constitute violations of this Code of Conduct and to take any and all actions permitted by applicable law, including without limitation removal and prosecution.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is contagious. The virus is believed to spread from person-to-person contact and/or by contact with contaminated surfaces and objects, and even possibly in the air. Evidence has shown that COVID-19 can cause serious and potentially life threatening illness and even death.

The Artichoke Festival cannot prevent you or your child(ren) from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while at our event. It is not possible to prevent against the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to come to the Festival, you may be exposing yourself to and/or increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

CDC Guidelines