EFF Covid-19 Statement and FAQ
2020 and 2021 have certainly been unusual and challenging years for us all. However, we are still incredibly grateful for our journey through these times. Being able to deliver our 2021 event in May with such an incredible response from the community was a true blessing and a much needed reconnection for us all.
The situation continues to evolve around Australia and the rest of the world, and although we know that positive progress is happening on some fronts, there is also still a clear risk in the community and the EFF team are tracking everything carefully in the lead up to our next edition. Give the strong push for vaccinations and the expectation that lockdowns and border closures will be less common in 2022, the outlook is very positive our next edition in May 2022. That being said, we see a lot of questions about how things will be handled in various outcomes, and what to expect, so here are some common EFF/Covid-19 FAQ.
EFF2022 Covid-19 FAQ
Will EFF2021 go ahead if state borders are closed ?
The minimum that we need to have the festival go ahead is to have borders open for travel between Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. This is because a large proportion of our ticket sales and creative program come to Queensland from these states. If Queensland borders are closed to Victoria or New South Wales, we will postpone the festival. Rest assured, we won't leave our large number of NSW and VIC family out of the next edition of the festival!
For the other states - Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania, if travel is restricted from these states to Queensland but not from Victoria and New South Wales, the festival will proceed.
What happens if I can't attend due to border closures ?
Any ticket holders living in any state which has travel restrictions or border closures at the time of the festival will be able to either transfer their ticket to the next edition of the festival, on-sell their ticket or request a refund during a specific refund request window of time.
What is the outlook in terms of social distancing and dancing ?
Festivals like Earth Frequency are founded on communal celebration and connection, and the dense social environments and dancing at festivals do present a risk during the pandemic. Social distancing is effective in stopping the spread, but also has the potential to affect the quality of the experience of the festival depending on how strict the measures are.
The priority for the EFF team is to ensure that the next edition of the festival is delivered at a time where the quality experience we all love can be provided. If strict social distancing is in place to the point that it impacts the festival experience excessively, we will consider a decision to postpone the festival. If the requirements are more moderate and will still provide a quality experience along the lines of what we usually expect from a music festival, the festival will proceed. The EFF team will assess the social distancing requirements in early 2022 to inform a decision as to whether the festival should take place or be postponed.
We can't wait to dance with you all soon and we know how much everyone needs this reconnection after such a challenging year, but we remain committed to only running the festival at a time which is safe, healthy and where we can dance together.
What happens in the event of a postponement ?
If the minimum satisfactory operating conditions aren't in place for the festival by 4 weeks before the event start date, there will be a decision to postpone the festival. The new dates will depend on a few factors and will be announced soon after the decision to postpone. A survey will be sent out to participants and ticket holders to get some feedback on the options for new dates.
All tickets, vehicle passes, family realm passes and camping upgrades will be transferred to the new event dates. For anyone unable to attend on the new dates, there will be an option to sell the ticket, or request a refund, or retain the ticket for a credit towards the following edition of the festival.
Are there any expected changes to the festival capacity ?
Earth Frequency Festival's usual capacity of 5000 (including all participants and volunteers) is comfortably of the Category 2 / Medium Risk range in Queensland's first Covid-Safe event framework, and so there is no planned change to the festival capacity.
What health measures and entry conditions will be in place at EFF2022 ?
The EFF team are working on our Covid-Safe plan at this point in collaboration with Ipswich City Council and QLD Health. As this is a dynamic situation and there have already been many changes to requirements and regulations, it is still too early to state exactly what will be in place, but we do expect there will be a need for contact tracing information to be provided, health declarations upon entry, increased hygiene and sanitation measures at the festival along the lines of what hospitality and entertainment venues are currently implementing in Queensland. Full information about this will be published once known, most likely in the final month before the festival.