To ensure that we adhere to current Ministry of Health guidelines and the New Zealand Events Sector Voluntary Code, Festival Italiano has introduced some new measures for 2020 to keep the public, stall holders, staff and volunteers safe at this year’s event. We ask that all participants (including stall holders and workers):
1. Not attend the Event if you, or an immediate family or household member, are feeling unwell or sick, have confirmed COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms, or have been instructed by the relevant authority to self-isolate.
2. Maintain good hygiene practices at all times, including: regular hand washing and sanitisation while at the Festival (foot pedal sanitisers are provided in the area for the public), especially after using the bathroom and before and after handling food; and remember to cover your mouth and nose if you need to cough or sneeze.
3. Download the NZ Covid Tracer App. QR codes will be posted around the streets of the Festival for you to sign in, and hard copy sign-in sheets will be available to all at the Dante Society tent (in the centre of Kent St).
4. Comply with any public health and/or safety directions of event staff, police or health authorities.
5. Be aware of your surroundings and remember to maintain physical distancing wherever possible in the Festival precinct and when queueing for food stalls. The communal seating area has been removed this year to comply with social distancing standards, and the layout of the event has been changed, but nevertheless there may be a crowd, especially at lunch time. We also advise you not to attend with dogs this year. If this is not possible please remember to keep dogs on a leash at all times.
6. There will be free water at the Festival, but we encourage you to bring your own bottle as well.
7. Festival Italiano is working towards Zero Waste so there will be waste educators at each bin station to help the public with recycling and waste disposal. Please help them, and our volunteers, by following their instructions to keep the event clean and safe, and minimise contact.