Private Letter to Artists, Speakers and All Participants
RE: Covid-19 Concern
Last Updated: March 12, 2020
Dear Tribal Union Family,
We trust this message finds you healthy and at peace. We’re writing to you, as a participant in this festival, to inform you of our current methods of assessing this concern in relation to our festival.
As of today we have no plans to cancel / reschedule our event.
While we do share concern over public health in general, the direct risk at this time from Covid-19 does not warrant such a strong response. Right now, most of us are at limited risk of contracting Covid-19 (the novel Coronavirus). The overwhelming majority of us who do contract it will have only mild symptoms, and fully recover, according to news sources, within weeks.
We are, however, fully acknowledging the possibility of a postponement of our festival contingent on news, airline / flight policies, resources, and any other changes related to this topic in South Florida that may force us to change our plans within the next few weeks.
As we continue our vigilance over these concerns, our production team is also in discussion on how to best proceed all while minimizing any risks to any of the participants or attendees onsite at our festival. Within the next few days, on our website, newsletter and social platforms we will be announcing our plans moving forward and any safety recommendations to our festival attendees based upon updated assessments from the CDC.
We recommend that you read up on the virus, and make sure you’re reading reputable sources. The current (updated March 3rd) risk assessment from CDC states:
• For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from Covid-19 is considered low.
• Older people and people with certain underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, for example, seem to be at greater risk of serious illness.
• People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes Covid-19 has been reported, are at elevated risk of exposure.
• Healthcare workers caring for patients with Covid-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
• Close contacts of persons with Covid-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
• Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.
Based on the above criteria, we will simply request our community members and attendees to evaluate their own health risks and participate in events with these risks in mind. Covid-19 presents a greater risk of severe disease for elderly folks than younger folks; those with compromised immune systems’ people who have diabetes or chronic cardiovascular diseases. If you are part of one of these populations, or have frequent exposure to these populations through work or family members, consider taking reasonable precautions against getting sick – your well-being is paramount. Those reasonable precautions may well include avoiding the risk of unnecessary exposures at large gatherings.
We encourage all decisions made from a place of calmness, clarity and accuracy. Please be patient as we work out the details.
We are open to and welcome any feedback or suggestions, particularly from Artists and Participants in South Florida where our event will be held.
If you have any question or comments please reach out to us:
In Loving Service,
Tribal Union Festival Team