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Covid Policy FAQ

The following are a few questions and answers relating to the Folk Camps Spring 2022 Covid Policy. This has been updated on 6 May 2022.

Background

As of May 2022, Covid cases are falling, as are hospitalisations and deaths. The better weather will help reduce indoor transmission as it did in 2020 and 2021

For the protection of vulnerable people on camp and the general well-being of the community, we are taking modest steps to reduce the risks at our events and to provide greater reassurance to those attending.

Given that Omicron infection does not appear to confer much immunity against reinfection and that vaccinations are primarily protecting the recipient against severe illness, rather than reducing transmission, we have removed the requirement for proof of vaccination.

Q & A

What do I need to do to attend a Folk Camp?

Take a Lateral Flow Test before you come to camp, and ensure that it has a negative result.

What if I test positive just before a camp?

Anybody who tests positive just before a camp will be offered a full refund. Please contact the office by email or via the website.

What if I get ill or test positive during a camp?

As is already the case with other communicable infections (measles, chicken pox, mumps etc) anybody developing an infection during the camp will either be asked to isolate or to go home, again with a refund.

Do I have to prove my negative Lateral Flow Test?

No – we are taking it on trust; we trust our members to look after each other and the wider Folk Camps community.

What if I test negative but despite that I have cold/covid symptoms?

We would prefer that you do not attend the camp. According to this research there is a 20% chance of a false negative LFT. In this case we will refund your camp fees.

Will the policy for the May and June camps also apply in July and August?

We will continue to review the situation and adapt as circumstances dictate and announce our policy for summer camps in due course.

Why not throw caution to the wind and act like Covid has gone away?

If we allow greater risk-taking at camp with regard to Covid, we run the risk of staff illness and an inability to run the event, extra pressure on the staff team to manage an outbreak, camper illness and the loss of their holidays and financial damage to FCS from cancellations. Please remember that Folk Camps is a volunteer-run organization. If we can have camps without Covid, it’s a great result for everyone.

See our Covid Policy.

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