With the new guidelines from the KDHE about mass gatherings of 500 or more people, Museum staff have identified and implemented the following changes to minimize risk to attendees without creating a highly restrictive atmosphere. The most significant include:
- The layout of the entire event has been spread out to allow more room for social distancing.
- Stanchions will be used along with chalk paint to encourage social distancing at all activities.
- Tents will not be used to cover the audience for the stage entertainment and seating will be spaced out.
- The children’s craft area will work like a serving line where volunteers ‘serve’ the options for crafts, which attendees will put in their to-go bag to make at home.
- Free timed tickets will be handed out on the Museum landing for entry into the Museum, allowing no more than 25 people in every 20 minutes. Entrance to the Museum is through the front door only. Exit will be through the 8th Street door.
- Hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes will be placed throughout the event for visitor use, including all activities and picnic tables.
- Signs will be placed throughout the event to highlight the KDHE directive and strongly encourage mask wearing and social distancing as much as possible. The Museum’s website, social media and press releases will also be used to alert the public to safety precautions.
- Announcements will be made from the main stage to encourage social distancing and mask wearing.
The decision to attend and participate in the Smoky Hill Museum Street Fair rests with each individual. Understanding the risks of participation is a personal decision. We hope each attendee will make responsible choices while considering themselves, their family, and the community. We strongly encourage everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to practice social distancing and mask-wearing.