FINAL COVID-19 Guidelines for Campout 2021
Final COVID-19 Guidelines for Campout 2021
After lengthy discussions with our team of medical advisors and based on the feedback we received from you, we’ve decided to implement the following criteria for entry into this year’s Campout:
- Proof of vaccination is still required.
EVERY person on site will need to provide proof they have been fully vaccinated by August 4 (no exceptions). Vaccination may not provide us with impenetrable armor against COVID, but it has repeatedly been shown to protect against the worst effects of the virus, including the Delta variant. All WHO-approved vaccines are accepted.
- A negative PCR test will be highly encouraged and incentivized, (more on this below), but will not be mandated. We believe that at this phase of the pandemic, it’s about layers of harm reduction. Having the vast majority of our crowd being able to show a negative PCR test result up to 6 days prior to check-in, plus proof of vaccination, is an ideal situation for a festival that is entirely outdoors like Campout.
This decision was made due to specific and legitimate concerns brought up over the past week. First, not everyone’s travel logistics, locations and schedules make the time frame for a PCR possible. We also know that folks who have fully recovered from a recent COVID infection—and are not symptomatic or contagious at all — might still test positive. The test may not detect a recent infection, but we strongly believe that everyone should get a PCR test to reduce the chances that COVID will be present.
So, how do we ensure that as many people as possible get tested? By providing a BIG incentive...
Show us a negative PCR test at check-in and receive pre-release access to Campout 2022 tickets.
We would like to offer you the opportunity to help us ensure the safest possible Campout this year while securing your spot for 2022. You just need to show your negative test result, conducted up to 6 days prior to arrival. We’ll be looking for this at check-in and you’ll get added to our pre-sale ticket list. This also applies to anyone who has recently recovered. If you provide a doctor’s note stating that you have fully recovered in the past 90 days (you’ve passed your 10-day quarantine AND have been asymptomatic for over 24 hours), we’ll add you to our pre-sale list.
You should easily be able to find a PCR test wherever you are via curative.com, Project Baseline, or your local drug store booking pages (CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid). A 1-3 day turn-around time is common but varies depending on your location.
- What happens if I test positive for COVID before Campout?
You MUST quarantine for at least 10 days, per CDC guidance, AND until symptoms have not been present for at least 24 hours. If you can’t meet BOTH of these criteria after testing positive, you will not be able to attend this year’s Campout. Should that happen, we will offer a full refund for your ticket AFTER you provide us with your positive test result, confirming the reason for your refund. We do not offer refunds for any other scenarios, and this has been stated on our ticketing page since sales began.
For any Glampers who test positive, we are unable to offer a refund for your tent at this stage as the equipment is already in transit. We’ll look to see if anyone else is interested in picking up your order. If we are unable to find a buyer we’ll issue you a full glamping credit for next year’s Campout.
- What happens if I feel sick during Campout?
If you develop symptoms during the festival, head to a Wellness Tent for a test. There are a lot of other things going around and chances are it’s not COVID, but it is crucial to rule it out.
And, to reiterate the rest of our COVID-19 guidance:
- Now is the time for everyone to lay low.
Reduce your exposure to crowds and use a mask indoors in public spaces. Maybe avoid that sweaty indoor club. If you blow your load, go wild this weekend and contract COVID-19, there’s a potential 7-day incubation period, followed by a 10 day quarantine + final negative test. That likely scuttles your Campout trip. It's a small chance, but why risk it?
- Mask up while sharing public air indoors.
We know, it sucks to be pulling the masks back out again, but every precaution we take reduces the risk of catching this virus before attending. If you're in vehicles, buses, stores, venues...anywhere indoors that you're in contact with the public, pop on that mask.
- Lay low again for a week after Campout.
This is the most important action we can take. Our biggest risk after the festival is bringing home COVID-19 and spreading it to other folks in our communities. So hang in there a little longer once you get back. Continue to reduce interactions with others for a bit until you know you're in the clear. Get a PCR test 5 days after returning home, and let both your friends and us know if you receive a positive test.
Any questions or concerns, please let us know at email@example.com.
Get tested at Central Outreach and receive $100 RFID credit to spend at Campout
Get an STI test or the COVID-19 vaccine at Pittsburgh’s Central Outreach, and we’ll give you $100 to spend at Campout.
That’s right, you can receive a $100 credit on your cashless RFID wristband to spend on anything at Campout by getting an STI test from Pittsburgh's Central Outreach.
IF YOU'LL PHYSICALLY BE IN PITTSBURGH:
- Head to any Central Outreach location (Pittsburgh North Shore is likely the most convenient), and do a walk-in STI test or the COVID-19 vaccine, Mondays through Fridays.
- Tell the tester that you are going to Honcho Campout, and that you’d like to receive the $100 credit. They will give you a voucher with a unique code to bring with you to camp. Do not lose this voucher, you need it!
- When you arrive at Campout, you’ll have a chance to pre-load your wristbands with credit before you get onto the grounds. Hand them your Central Outreach voucher, and voila. $100. If you lose your voucher, we won’t be able to give you the credit so please keep it safe.
- Unused credit after campout is non-refundable.
Our COVID-19 policies for Campout 2021
We know you've all been waiting for guidance on our COVID-19 approach this year, and we're ready to share. Please read everything thoroughly, as this is crucial information.
First, let’s touch on vaccinations.
We’ve been talking through this plan with our medical advisors since January, but wanted to wait to see how vaccinations rolled out (or didn’t) in the US first. Internally, we have always considered it the “make or break” factor for being able to host Campout safely, and to do it in a manner that feels like a step forward instead of a lesser event. Thankfully, the US has done a pretty remarkable job turning things around, and vaccinations are now open to all US adults at no cost. They’re also increasingly plentiful as supply is beginning to outgrow demand.
Because of this, we have made the decision to require full vaccination for every attendee, crew member and artist. A vaccinated crowd at Campout is essential to bringing this weekend back to life. If you’re vaccinated, COVID presents a minuscule risk to you, and you present a minuscule COVID risk to everyone else. If 100% of our crowd is vaccinated, we’ve reached well beyond herd immunity as a group.
From talking with folks, we know that much of our community has already begun the vaccination process, and many are already finished. If you haven’t begun your process yet, we encourage you to get ahead of things and make your plan now. We recognize that some folks may have reservations about the vaccine or attending an event such as Campout. We acknowledge that hesitancy and respect where everyone is in the process of emerging from the trauma of the past year. If you don’t feel that you are ready, it is OK to wait another year to attend. Take the time you need. Campout will still be here in 2022. We’re doing our best by following the science to ensure we host the safest Campout possible.
Aren’t sure how to get an appointment?
Reach out to your primary care doctor, contact your local LGBTQIA+ health center, ask a vaccinated friend for help, or visit vaccinefinder.org to do a local search for providers who have available appointments. If you are vaccinated and know how to find appointments, please reach out to your friends and help them get theirs too. We all need to do the work to help our family overcome obstacles. If you have a good local provider in your city that has open vaccinations (maybe an LGBTQIA+ provider), you can add them to this crowdsourced directory. Please only add confirmed providers here so that the sheet stays helpful.
You’ll need to bring your vaccination card to show at check-in, and it will need to show that your final dose has been completed no later than August 4. If a federally accepted solution to a digital vaccine card presents itself at some point this summer we will explore that idea, but you should be prepared to have your physical card with you for now. You will not be admitted into camp without proof of vaccination.
About masks at Campout
With that out of the way, we’re guessing your next question will be regarding the use of masks at Campout. All of the federal guidance and data out there shows us that there is an extremely low risk of transmission outdoors, even for unvaccinated folks. When you add our fully vaccinated herd immunity on top of that, the chance of transmission drops even further, to essentially zero. Because of this, we encourage mask usage, but will not be mandating it. Masks will be readily available on site for folks to grab if they need a fresh one. Please remember that everyone is coming into this weekend in a different headspace, and respect everyone's personal decisions. We have all experienced a collective trauma over the past year, and everyone’s journey out of this will be different.
More detailed information on health and wellness will come in the next few months, but we wanted to get this one out of the way now so everyone can be prepared and decide what is best for them. Of course, this is our plan now, and we will adjust accordingly if the landscape changes before August. We acknowledge that there are variant strains out there, and new ones may surface between now and Campout as well. We will be paying close attention to these developments, and if we are faced with new information or challenges we will reassess and communicate back to you. We are regularly checking in with our Medical advisors and carefully following the science here, and by doing so we know it will keep everyone healthy and safe.
To recap the important stuff:
- Full COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry at Campout 2021.
- You must bring your vaccine card with you as proof of vaccination to be admitted.
- Your final dose must be completed no later than August 4.
- Masks are not required, but will be respected. Consent is not just sensual.
- No exceptions.
Campout ticket sales are postponed to May 14
A quick update on ticket sales. We have decided to postpone our sales launch date a few days to Friday, May 14. This is to allow us additional time to work out a few ticketing kinks, get the new payment plans set up correctly, and make sure everything else is squared away. We’d rather delay this a little and get it right the first time, and we hope everyone understands.
Due to the elevated interest in the festival this year, we have also decided to open ticket sales earlier to our home Pittsburgh-based crowd, as well as previous year artists, staff, volunteers, and core folks who have graciously supported us through the years. These folks will receive an email with a private link to purchase on Monday, May 11.
Campout 2021 Tickets – On Sale May 1
Hemlock Hole Spring Lewk, April 10, 2021.
We're fresh off two site visits to Four Quarters and full of ideas. The whole place is feeling very spring, very green. Even in the 55-degree weather, Hemlock Hole was calling our names. Or maybe it was the angry geese. A few important Campout updates for this month:
A vaccinated crowd at Campout is essential to bringing this weekend back to life correctly. The majority of US states have now opened up to all adults, so now is the time to take care of it. Have you made your plan yet? Reach out to your main doctor, contact your local LGBTQIA+ health center, ask a friend for help, or visit vaccinefinder.org to do a local search of providers. "Get Pricked!" - Chloe Sevigny
Campout 2021 Tickets on Sale May 1
It's the moment you may have been waiting for and emailing us about. Tickets to Campout 2021 will be going back on sale on Saturday, May 1. This includes a payment plan option breaking the cost across three equal payments: 1) Your initial date of purchase, 2) June 15, 3) July 15.
For those who rolled their tickets over, or who are stuck in payment plan limbo from 2020, we will be reaching out to you directly via email in the next few weeks with details on your options. Keep your eyes there.
A new landscape, with fresh obstacles and ideas.
The one thing you can count on in life is change. So here we are, making initial moves to reboot a festival at the tail end of a pandemic. It's been a lot to process, but we've had time. We know this thing is not going to look or feel the same, and that's okay. We’ve all been forced to adapt, change, grow, and sacrifice. That can result in pain, hardships, but also new opportunities, and new ways of working and living.
Some of our new ideas for Campout came about before the pandemic hit, yet still hold up for a post-COVID Campout. Hugely increased emphasis on the wellness of everyone, shaking up the stages a bit, more resources for Queer Fam Fund. Accessibility is going to be one of the biggest priorities after Wellness, with much of our family experiencing economic turmoil over the past year. We all need to be prepared to do everything we can to support the QFF initiative (if you have the means, of course). We are going to have some big financial asks coming this year so we can bring as many people along as possible.
We also want to open up conversation and engage with all of you on the shape of this. What does a comfortable Campout 2021 feel like to you? What do you want to see? Feel free to reply to these emails with your thoughts, always.
However this unfolds, this will be our monthly gut-check with y'all along the way to Four Quarters.
How's Campout 2021 Looking?
A vision of the future from Campout 2019, 📸 @djreaubert
Could this magical human who appeared at Campout 2019 please get in touch? You clearly knew, and we have some 2021 questions. Thx.
Now, about what we *do* know. While the pandemic is seemingly still at its worst, we’re starting to see glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel. The pace of vaccine rollout is slowly picking up, and it’s possible that things will be under control in time if this keeps increasing. There are a lot of variables that are going to affect things over the course of the next few months, so we write this with the complete understanding that nothing is for certain. Whatever decisions we ultimately make will be with the health and safety of our community as the top priority. With all of that now said, it’s time for us to begin making moves towards safely producing Campout 2021.
We have begun regular meetings with our directors, our ticketing company ShowClix, and most importantly, our wellness team. Made up of real doctors and nurses who love science and who care about you. While we don’t have details to share at the moment, as our plans crystallize you can expect regular public communication on where we currently stand. We don’t expect to reboot ticket sales until late spring, including anyone with a pending payment plan.
Now is a good time to make sure you are signed up on our mailing list. Even if you think you are, please do it again so that we have your most recent information. This will be our primary method of communication going forward as we lessen our reliance on social media. Help us with this by taking 10 seconds to update your registration, make sure you’re on it, then pass the link to your friends.
If you get access to the vaccine, please make it a priority. Take care of each other, and let’s get through this so we can meet at the sweetest possible reunion in the woods.
2020 Ticket Decision Form is Live
FIRST: Please read the full press release below BEFORE filling out this ticket form. All refund details are spelled out and it's important for you to know what your options are. If you're already clued in, carry on:
Your response is due by June 4, 2020, otherwise you will not be eligible for a refund.
Rona and Nora walk into the Hemlock Hole bar...
Campers, it is with a heavy heart that we must postpone Honcho Campout to August 19-22, 2021 due to COVID-19. This was a difficult decision and we are thankful to our staff, medical advisers, Black Radish Kitchen, and Four Quarters for their support as we navigate this process. We will continue with our original 2020 plan, just on the new date. Same incredible music lineup and staff. We’ll just have to keep you waiting a little longer on that artist announcement. Before we dive into all the details, we’d like to ask everyone to manually join our new email list. This will ensure that we stay connected, and our future emails aren’t landing in your spam or being rejected by your email service (this has been happening.)
Your health is our first priority and it has become evident over the past month that it is impossible to safely produce Campout. Even if a treatment or vaccine were to emerge tomorrow, it is too late to change things in our favor. Our community is international, diverse, and we all share a responsibility to limit our movements and protect those amongst us that are at-risk. Many of us are unemployed and finances are strained. Postponing now allows us to offer refunds sooner rather than later, and halt any additional production spending that we cannot recoup.
Over the next week, ticket purchasers will receive an email from ShowClix linking to a form you must complete. If you purchased tickets for multiple campers, please coordinate with them to complete your decisions together. Any decision made regarding tickets will be applied to all tickets within an order. ShowClix does not have the ability to refund some tickets within an order, but roll others forwards. If you are participating in the Payment Plan; all future installments have been paused until 2021. Here are your options regarding tickets:
- Roll Forward, 2021: Honcho will roll all your tickets within an order (GA Ticket, Early Arrival, & Meal Plan) forward to 2021. Choosing this option covers our expenses to date and helps ensure the viability of Campout in the future. For folks with unfinished payment plans, we have paused upcoming payments, and will restart these at a future date (likely early 2021). You will have a big heads up on this once we’ve landed on new payment terms.
- Full Refund : Honcho will issue you a full refund for all tickets purchased (GA Ticket, Early Arrival, & Meal Plan).
- Partial Refund & Donation : Honcho will issue you a partial refund for all tickets purchased (GA Ticket, Early Arrival, & Meal Plan) and a portion (specified by you) will be donated to Honcho to help cover our Campout expenses to date.
You will have two weeks to respond and then refunds will be processed by ShowClix. All refunds will be returned to the original purchasing card.
The current state of life has challenged all of us to rethink and reinvent. Honcho is no exception and we have several alternative projects in the works. First up, we’ve got a big-screen A/V collaboration between Honcho and LA-based video artist Kevin Ramser. This will premiere in July. We are excited to share this and more projects in the coming months.
We know this is painful, it hurts to make this call ourselves. Make sure you are getting outdoors this summer and doing what you need to keep your spirits up in a responsible manner. While we have to hit pause for a bit, know that eventually we will pull out all the stops and welcome you back to Hemlock Hole. We love you. We miss you. Stay healthy, and continue to take care of each other.
- Aaron, Clark, George & Michael
And a music offering we've been sitting on to help ease everyone's pain today:
Midland's 3-hour Hemlock Hole set from Campout 2019.
Hey Campers, we hope everyone is staying comfortable, safe, and healthy during this lockdown. We also hope you’re taking it seriously – the faster we can clear this thing, the faster we can get back to dancing together. On that tip, we wanted to give you an idea of where our heads are at regarding Campout 2020.
As of now, our whole team is working on Campout as if it’s going to happen. We understand that everything has been thrown into the air, and we are building multiple backup plans to make sure this thing survives, whether it happens in 2020 or not. Continuing work on this is giving us much needed sense of purpose at the moment.
The health and safety of this community is priority #1, and we will be watching developments closely alongside the staff at our venue, Four Quarters. If we end up having to cancel, we will have a flexible plan ready, with options, for folks who have purchased tickets.
Note: If you haven’t arranged your campout travel yet, most airlines are offering fully flexible fares for any flights bought this month (United & American must book by April 30, and Delta is offering it on tickets purchased by April 15). Prices are also 50-70% cheaper than normal. If you have the cash on hand, it may be a good time to grab your flights. You can always reuse the flight credit for something else if we have to cancel.
For the time being, we won’t be making many festival announcements via social media, but we will still be quietly rolling info out. The latest information can be found at www.honchocampout.com, and we’ll be releasing a fully new site in the next two weeks. Keep your eyes peeled there and on the message board for updates.
Finally, we want to be transparent that even if we have to cancel, we have money tied up in Campout that we cannot recover. Our purchasing of infrastructure has already begun, and will have to continue through summer if we want a chance at successfully throwing this thing. If you are in a position to lend some support during this uncertain period, we would be grateful. Most of us are dealing with a full loss of work at the moment. Donations can be made to the following PayPal account: Clarkprice1986@gmail.com. Please send these as a friend (a gift, not for a business or service) and leave the note “Campout 2020 Planning” on the transaction.
Take care of yourselves through all of this. Talk to friends, make art, learn new skills, STAY HOME AND STAY HEALTHY. We look forward to floating with you at Hemlock Hole again soon ❤️
Thanks to Ryan Michael White for the photo.