Harvest Music Festival will ask patrons to wear masks, but masking will not be mandatory

Organizers of the Harvest Music Festival in Fredericton will ask concertgoers to wear masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but say masking will not be mandatory.

“We encourage patrons, members of the public, volunteers, anyone attending, anywhere at Harvest to wear a properly fitted N95 at all venues and partner locations throughout the Harvest experience,” a said Jeff Richardson, general manager of the festival.

He said that because the province doesn’t have a mask mandate in place, neither does the festival.

Richardson said COVID-19 was always a priority at the event, which is billed as the biggest music festival east of Montreal.

In addition to mask-request, event tents will be modified to increase airflow and give people more space to space out.

Adam Granduciel of The War On Drugs performs during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 20, 2018 in Indio, California. The War on Drugs is one of the headliners at this year’s Harvest Music Festival. (Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella)

“We have removed the walls of the tents, and we have reconfigured the barracks and blues tents in a way that allows customers to view the stage from outside in the compound, some spaces where they can social distance, “, said Richardson.

He said preparations are in full swing for the festival, which kicks off next Tuesday.

Although the festival is not expected to fully rebound from pre-pandemic attendance this year, it has rebounded considerably from the 2020 festival, which saw the festival drastically reduced to a handful of small outdoor events.

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