The MWMA Board has developed a full COVID policy for the 2023 Ale (link coming soon).
The MWMA will enforce a mask policy based on CDC guidelines and current COVID conditions. Masks will be provided by the Ale for all attendees.
The Midwest Morris Ale will require proof of up-to-date vaccination. This includes the primary series of one or two shots, and any additional booster shots. Most people are eligible for a booster shot, and the Midwest Ale will require the primary shot(s) plus a booster for most attendees.
The timing of your eligibility for a booster will depend on which shot you received. To find out if you are up-to-date on your vaccination, check the CDC guidance on this topic.
You will be required to show proof by either uploading a photo when you register (recommended), or bringing your card (or a digital photo of your card) to the Ale for your check in.
We strongly recommend providing your vaccine record ahead of time, to expedite your arrival process at the Ale. If you forget your vaccine record card and are unable to present it at check-in, you will not be permitted to attend the Ale, and we will not be able to provide a refund of your registration fee.
The Midwest Morris Ale will provide rapid antigen test kits for each registered participant to test TWICE at the Ale, once upon arrival and once Saturday late afternoon. Each attendee will be required to take a rapid antigen test at the registration desk prior to entering the Ale site.
Testing on arrival
- Air Travelers will be tested at the airport before boarding the shuttle. If they are tested positive they will not be allowed to board the shuttle to the Ale. This is for the safety of the shuttle driver and to minimize expenses for the traveler.
- If a person receives a positive COVID-19 test result when arriving at registration, that person will not be permitted to enter the Ale site, nor will their travel companions.
- We will not be able to provide housing for someone who receives a positive test result, nor to their travel companions.
- We will not be able to offer a refund to participants who test positive, or to people who traveled to the Ale with them in the same vehicle.
Testing during the Ale
- Each attendee will take a second rapid antigen test on Saturday between 4 pm and 6 pm.
- Test results will be reported to the registration desk.
- If a person receives a positive test result at this time, the Midwest Morris Ale will initiate protocols for a positive test, including isolation if appropriate and a contact tracing interview.
People who receive a positive test result while at the Ale will talk with the Covid Czar or Covid Liaison about their plans for departing the Ale, [gaining funding assistance to do so if needed], additional masking requirements, and contact tracing questions. The organizing teams will work with the camp to set aside some rooms for people who need to stay in isolation until they depart the camp.
Please see the full COVID-19 policy (link coming soon) for additional information regarding attendance, refunds, and other safety measures and requirements.
Before the Ale begins we encourage people to:
- Minimize their exposure starting 1 week prior to the Ale. Monitor COVID risk in your area, be mindful of masking in crowded areas, etc.
- Get COVID-tested before traveling to the Ale
- Minimize your exposure risk while traveling to the Ale
The full COVID-19 policy (link coming soon) outlines details about our refund policy for cancellations before and after the registration deadline.