Our Gnomes place everyone's safety first and foremost. Participation in the Fair, and by extension, participation in the GnomeWood camping scene involves the same risks as other social activities during these challenging times. Everyone needs to assess their own risk factors and determine if participation is right for them. Everyone participates at their own risk.
We understand that the Oregon Country Fair is allowing day attendees to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test that was administered within 24 hours of attending. However, the Fair is also requiring all volunteers, vendors, and others who camp at the Fair to be vaccinated because there is no way to enforce a negative test within 24 hours rule for any kind of extended camping stay. Likewise, GnomeWood does not have the resources to provide widespread checking of negative test status for campers on a daily basis, and for campers to get such testing each day of the event is not practical.
For these reasons, GnomeWood will require campers who are eligible for vaccinations to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated. Currently, that is everyone age 5 years or older (OCF policy updated 5/21/22). For more information and to see what the Fair's vaccination requirements are, visit https://www.oregoncountryfair.org/ocf-2022-public-vaccination-policy/
The mayor of GnomeWood reserves the right to offer limited exceptions to people who wish to try and get daily testing. These exceptions are limited to only those who have already inquired about it and are trying to find a way to make it work. New requests for vaccination exception are not being taken at this time. Anyone receiving such accommodations will have to demonstrate in advance that they have a plan to get the necessary testing. Anyone granted an exception will have to provide proof of negative COVID-19 test, administered within 24 hours to gain admission, AND will be required to leave the following morning unless able to provide an additional negative COVID-19 test administered within the past 24 hours. In other words, the testing documentation must be sufficient to allow one to enter the Fair for a second day. We realize this is logistically almost impossible. Because enforcing this policy regarding vaccination exceptions puts a significant strain on our Gnome community, we reserve the right to limit the number of exceptions offered.