81st National Folk Festival
Public Guidelines
In regard to COVID-19

As published 7/23/22

We know our festival audience will support us in being good neighbors at this year’s event and understand we are committed to hosting a safe, welcoming, and vibrant celebration in beautiful Downtown Salisbury.

The festival will continue to respond to the various recommendations from the CDC in regard to large crowds and outdoor events. We are also closely monitoring the ongoing situation and reviewing our plans and monitoring guidance from public health and government officials.

Is an outdoor event safe?

Per the CDC, if you want to spend time with people who don’t live with you, outdoors is the safer choice. You are less likely to be exposed to COVID-19 during outdoor activities, even without the use of masks.

The National Folk Festival is designed so that all public activities take place outdoors, with all venues designed to be well ventilated. Since the event will not bring the public into confined places together, the individual exposure for COVID-19 should remain low. With what is currently known about COVID-19 transmission and the existing variants, this is a key factor in reducing the possibility of infection.

In general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors. (

However, there will be times when you are unable to stay 6 feet away from others and may wish to wear a mask to protect yourself and others.

Feeling sick before the festival?

Let’s share our enthusiasm, but not our germs! If you are feeling any symptoms that indicate you may be ill, we ask that you stay home. Thanks in advance for looking out for your fellow festivalgoers!

Additionally, our friends at Delmarva Public Media will be broadcasting live from the TidalHealth Stage all three days so you can tune in to some incredible performances even if you have to stay home. DPM will be broadcasting on both WSDL 90.7 FM and WESM 91.3 FM.

What should I do before I arrive?

Monitor your health. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you should seek medical support and follow guidance from medical providers.

Come prepared. Carry a mask with you in cased you are asked to mask around individuals who may be health compromised. Disposable masks will be available at Guest Services Booths.

Will I need to wear a mask?

We are a mask-friendly event; respect those who choose to wear masks. Everyone is encouraged to wear a mask when in crowds or close contact. Large festivals are different from daily life, as they bring together greater numbers of  people. This increases the possibility of COVID-19 transmission. Everyone should carry a mask for use in high-density areas and when in close contact. Masks will be available at guest services for those who have forgotten to bring one. Being a good neighbor means everyone masks when it’s most necessary. If anyone wishes to wear a mask at any time, the National Folk Festival supports their right to make this decision.

We recommend you wear a mask if you cannot socially distance and you are not vaccinated. Come prepared, bring a mask, be a good neighbor, and protect our community.

Can unvaccinated children attend the festival?

Yes, children are welcome to attend and it is up to the parents or guardians if they feel their child should wear a mask. For those children under the age of two, we understand that wearing masks may not be possible. The decision to bring very young children to the festival unmasked is at the discretion of their parents and/or guardians.

What precautions are in place for the artists, staff, and crew coming into town for the festival?

NFF artists, staff, and crew have agreed to follow stringent vaccination and testing protocols. Vaccination status is in excess of 95%.

What should I do if I get sick at the festival?

Upon first sign of COVID symptoms, attendees are asked to self-isolate, leave the National Folk Festival, and follow guidance from their medical providers.

Stay tuned to, NFF social media platforms, and other public communications for any updates or changes for attendees of the event.

Thank you for being Good Neighbors!

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