**FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS NOW CALL FOR MANDATORY MASKS WHILE INDOORS DURING FESTIVAL**
Due to the uptick in DELTA cases in our area, the Festival organizers are now making it mandatory for ALL ATTENDEES, PRESENTERS/STAFF, VOLUNTEERS (unless for respiratory health reasons) to wear masks at all indoor venues during the festival.
We will still continue to follow the protocols for indoor venues listed below put in place by venue operators, along with new Festival Mandatory Indoor Mask Requirement and the highly recommending (per recommendation advisements of the CDC, SMC Health Department and the venue operators) that ALL attendees, vaccinated or not, wear masks in indoor settings whether large or small to reduce the chances of transmitting COVID-19.
For those attending the Telluride Mushroom Festival, it is MANDATORY that you must show proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID test (within 3 days) to enter all large indoor venues. (This includes the Sheridan Opera House and Palm Theater during the Festival).
You do NOT have to be vaccinated nor be tested to attend the Festival. You DO if you want to attend the events scheduled for indoor venues (plus masks are now mandatory indoors).
We plan to have rapid tests available, but please plan accordingly. We believe this rapid testing area will get backed up and potentially cause attendees to miss some of the Festival Presentations. To avoid missing any events, please plan on getting a test before Thursday.
Free Covid tests in Telluride on Mon and Tues: https://www.freecovidtestingsanmiguelcounty.com/
**IMPORTANT: CDC COVID UPDATES**
- Updated information (as of July 27, 2021 from the CDC) for fully vaccinated people given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant currently circulating in the United States.
- Added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. (This includes San Miguel County and Telluride)
- Added information that fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.
- Added a recommendation for fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
- CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.
- for more information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html
We will continue to update you all as we learn anything else before the scheduled Festival date.