Health & Safety

HEALTH & SAFETY AT THE ARTICHOKE FESTIVAL

COVID-19

After a challenging year lled with a lot of uncertainty in the events arena, we share much joy in the reopening of California’s economy. Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks while enjoying the Artichoke Festival. We know our customers will do the right thing. No proof of vaccination or immunity testing will be required.

We ask that all guests be socially responsible and respectful of those who may not be vaccinated. Wearing a mask is a personal choice, and if you’re vaccinated and still want to wear a mask, that is perfectly acceptable, too. It is strongly recommended that unvaccinated guests or those with weakened immunity should wear a mask.

The Artichoke Festival admissions team will have masks available for guests passing through the Admissions gate who wish to have one.

To add yet another layer of protection for you and the community, it is strongly recommend attendees sign-up for CA Notify to receive alerts when you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

We look forward to working together to enjoy a stronger California!

Signage and Guidelines

Safety signage, including visual and verbal reminders of safety recommendations, will be posted throughout the Festival grounds.

Read More About Testing / Vaccination

Per State and County guidelines, while full vaccination or pre-entry negative testing is strongly recommended for everyone, we will NOT be checking for proof of vaccination or negative testing. We trust our guests to do the right thing. We ask that all guests be socially responsible and respectful of those who may not be vaccinated. Please stay home if you are sick or have been around anyone who has been sick. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive or experienced COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days, we ask that you do not attend this event.

Read More About Face Coverings

Guests can enter the Artichoke Festival without a face covering.

For the safest most efficient protection, Festival guests who DO wish to bring their own face covering should avoid the following:

  • 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
Read More About Hand Sanitizing

Numerous hand sanitizer stations will be placed 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 who 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. Please observe all posted signage regarding safe food handling and queue management.

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, Please Stay Home – COVID-19 Safety

We trust our guests to do the right thing. We ask that all guests be socially responsible and respectful of those who may not be vaccinated. If you or anyone you have been around are experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 as identified by the CDC at CDC.gov, please stay home:

  • 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 enter the Festival. All security lanes will be marked. 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 directional flow, safety, and 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
Volunteer and staff are required to provide contact tracing information, and will be apprised of the latest safety and health guidelines prior to the start of the event.

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.

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.

CDC Guidelines