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The Province of New Brunswick will enter the third and final phase of its ‘Path to Green’ when 75 percent of New Brunswickers 12 and older have received their second dose of a vaccine, which is expected to occur on or before August 2. When this threshold is reached, the Province of New Brunswick will move to the Green Level, the mandatory order will end and Public Health restrictions will be lifted.

As we reach the end of the Path to Green, Harvest is committed to providing a safe and comfortable experience for our patrons and community. We’ll be working closely with Public Health and Public Safety officials, and our City of Fredericton partners to provide an experience that focuses on your safety and the best concert experience we can provide.

To date, our planning has been centred around the Government of New Brunswick’s “Risk Mitigation Guide for Festivals & Events”, and has been informed by our partners and peers across North America. Harvest 2021 will adopt controls appropriate to public safety guidance at the time of the festival.

While we expect mandatory public health restrictions to be lifted well in advance of the festival, Harvest will encourage patrons to adhere to a number of guidelines and controls based on best practices learned over the last year to ensure we deliver the best festival possible with patron safety a foremost consideration. We will adapt as regulations and Public Health guidance evolves, and will notify our patrons of any changes with as much notice as possible.


 

What to Expect

Harvest is currently planning for a Blues Tent in the City Hall parking lot, as well as a free, open-air Officers’ Square concert series where patrons can bring their own lawn chairs or blankets and physically distance themselves to their respective comfort levels.

Harvest will also host a free Street Experience featuring the Fredericton’s Own Stage, a number of free performances and buskers throughout the downtown, and a reduced number of artisans and food vendors. 


COVID-19 


We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, our artists, our volunteers and staff.  You must follow all posted instructions while attending Harvest.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present.  By attending Harvest Music Festival, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Please help keep each other safe and healthy, and adhere to the following guidelines.

Before Harvest – Get Vaccinated!

NB’s ‘Path to Green’ is the path to Harvest. The Chief Medical Officer of Public Health in New Brunswick has been clear that vaccinations are critical in reducing the public health risk in New Brunswick. In order to mitigate the risk to all who attend the Festival Harvest expects  all patrons, volunteers, and artists attending performances at the Blues Tent or The Playhouse to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to attending the Festival. Feedback received during our planning stages indicated that this is important to audiences, volunteers, and artists attending the festival.

While we do not expect to require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, the nature of this ever-evolving pandemic means Harvest reserves the right to request such information.

Patrons will receive updates on all policies and procedures with as much notice as possible.

Patrons who have received a medical exemption from vaccination, or are otherwise unable to be vaccinated as a result of a ground protected by the New Brunswick Human Rights Act, are asked to contact the office at info@harvestjazzandblues.com for guidance.

Safety Precautions During the Festival

Physical Distancing – Harvest encourages festival goers to give their neighbours lots space while in the Blues Tent.

Practising Good Hygiene – During the Festival there will be plenty of sanitization stations at the entrances, exits, bar, washrooms, and around the venues. Patrons are encouraged to sanitize upon entry to the tent and after coming in contact with other patrons or devices/objects that have come in contact with other individuals.

Admissions – Admissions will have multiple controlled lines for ticket holders, ticket sales and pass holders. The three controlled lines will allow for efficient entry and reduced contact between patrons.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Harvest encourages patrons to wear masks at the festival whenever possible.  

 


 

COVID-19 FAQs
Please note: FAQs will be updated throughout the summer. 

Q: Do I have to be double vaccinated to come to the festival?

A: Harvest expects that all patrons, volunteers, and performers attending performances at the Blues Tent or The Playhouse be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to attending the Festival. Feedback received during our planning stages indicated that this is important to audiences, volunteers, and artists attending the festival.

Patrons who have received a medical exemption from vaccination, or are otherwise unable to be vaccinated as a result of a ground protected by the New Brunswick Human Rights Act, are asked to contact the office at info@harvestjazzandblues.com for guidance.

Q: Do I have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to attend the Festival?

A: While we do not expect to require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, the nature of this ever-evolving pandemic means Harvest reserves the right to request such information.

Q: Do I have to wear a mask at the festival?

A: Masks will only be mandatory if Public Health mandates such at the time of the festival. If not mandatory by Public Health, masks will be encouraged.

Q: Are the events socially distanced?

A: The free venue in Officers’ Square will be open air where patrons can bring their own chairs and distance themselves from other patrons. Tented venues will have reduced capacity to allow for some distance between patrons if they so desire, but physical distancing will not be enforced.

Q: Will there be sanitization stations?

A: Yes, there will be frequent hand sanitizer stations throughout the festival. There will also be more washroom facilities than previous festival years.

Q: Can I come to Harvest from out of province?

A: Based on the information provided in the province’s ‘Path to Green’ plan, we expect that out-of-province patrons will be able to attend. This depends on Public Health restrictions in place at the time of the festival.

Last updated July 15, 2021.