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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.