COVID & BookFest
SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY
2020 brought challenges we never anticipated - and they continue today. Last year, the Bucks County Book Festival could not take place in person and was held instead in a virtual format.
However, we feel it is important to return to as many in-person events as possible this year to better uphold our mission to celebrate literacy, spark imagination, and inspire people of all ages by connecting authors and readers.
With that said, we will host one of our authors, Jason Reynolds, virtually on Saturday evening. Visit BucksBookFest.org for a full schedule and to purchase tickets.
It is paramount that we repeat our commitment to safety. Every decision is filtered first through a lens of public health. This year we have taken precautions to scale the event back in the ways we can control and to enhance the safety of our attendees, authors, and volunteers. This includes having fewer authors, no marketplace, and changes to our volunteer roles. We remain steadfast in our fight against Covid-19 while doing what we can to continue a tradition that will benefit our community.
Below you will find some frequently asked questions and information regarding our Covid-19 protocols. As guidelines adapt, we will update this page accordingly.
We ask that you do not attend if any of the following applies to you or anyone in your group.
• You have tested positive, or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for, COVID-19 within 14 days of the festival.
• You have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 (as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) within 72 hours of the festival.
• You have traveled to a location that requires you to quarantine upon return within 14 days of the festival.
What precautions are being taken?
• Several high touch and high crowd activities have been postponed to next year.
• Volunteers will regularly clean high touch areas.
Will face masks be required?
At this time they are not required Saturday afternoon outside on the Mercer Green, but we do recommend them especially when in crowds or if you are not vaccinated.
Face masks will be required on Friday evening as keynote author, Christina Baker Kline, is speaking and again Sunday afternoon during the Writers Workshop. Both events are being held inside at Salem Church (186 East Court Street in Doylestown). We are limiting the audience size to allow for social distancing.
In addition, we are monitoring the Delta Variant status closely and may update this policy pending how the situation evolves.
What do you recommend for high risk individuals?
If you are unvaccinated or at high risk of contracting a severe case COVID-19, avoid crowded areas of the festival and stay at least 6 feet away from other groups. Wear a mask while in public areas.
Will there be hand sanitizing stations?
We will have sanitizer available at every event and our volunteers will be cleaning high touch areas on a regular basis.
Will I need to show proof of vaccination?
No, we will not be asking for vaccination status or proof.
Could the event be cancelled due to Covid-19?
At this time we do not anticipate this. If local or state authorities issue mandates or restrictions we will follow them. In the case that this requires a cancellation we will communicate that news to the general public via our website, social media, and email newsletter.
Can I enjoy the festival from home?
We will offer one keynote author virtually. Jason Reynolds will be with us online Saturday evening, September 25, at 7:00PM. If you would like tickets, please CLICK HERE.