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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 UPDATE:  “Stay positive, test negative.”

PLEASE NOTE:  In the coming months this page will be updated frequently with important festival-related news, so please check back often.

THIS PAGE LAST UPDATED:  APRIL 21.

Is the festival on?  Yes, it is.  The New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning returns to Solberg Airport the weekend of July 23 – 25.  With contingency plans, if necessary, to move to late summer or early fall.

Relevant, recent news.  Governor Phil Murphy announced that his goal is to have 70% of the adults fully vaccinated by June. Yesterday Murphy stated: "The total number of doses administered of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is just under 5.4 million, and the stability in their supply and distribution is why we remain confident of our ability to still meet our June 30 vaccination goals."  The Festival takes place at the Solberg Airport, whose property includes 744 acres, within its contiguous grounds, so social distancing is no problem.  

In New Jersey any sports or entertainment venue with a capacity of 5,000 or more is now allowed to operate at 30 percent of capacity.  Also, this season amusement parks have been operating at 50 percent capacity.

Face masks – at his point – will still be mandatory, and New Jersey does not require what New York State does – a negative COVID PCR test before a fan can enter an arena.

The Meadowlands Fair, held in East Rutherford, NJ has received the go-ahead from Gov. Murphy to operate from June 18 – July 11.  To read more, CLICK HERE.

 

6,204,767  is the total of New Jersey residents who have received a vaccine shot as of April 21.*

3,874,896  New Jersey residents have been administered their first dose.*

2,575,703  New Jersey residents have been administered their second dose.*

     *Data received from NJ Department of Health click HERE to view report.

 

What is the festival doing to make it safe?  In short, everything we can.  We will follow the lead of Governor Murphy on the size of mass gatherings, as well as the sanitization guidelines and protocols set forth by the CDC and local agencies.  You can expect to see lots more hand sanitizer stations, attendants to wipe down bathrooms, other most-touched surfaces, etc.  We’re working on cashless/touchless payment systems.  And whatever else will be required at that time so we can assure the safest, healthiest and most patron-friendly event possible.

Will masks be required?  What about social distancing?  We will require patrons to adhere to whatever requirements are in place come the festival.  We have all seen, things change quickly.  As for an “official” list of Do’s and Don’ts, attendee policies, etc. it’s still a little early for that.

 Can i get my money back in the festival is postponed or cancelled?  Absolutely.  In short our policy is “refund or defer.”  But be assured that our policies will always reflect our 27-year history of treating our patrons fairly, reasonably and with the utmost respect and appreciation for your support.

We are hopeful that with everyone doing their part – and with the widespread distribution of the approved vaccines – we can put the coronavirus behind us over the next few months.  Be sure to follow our email blasts and the festival website for announcements and updated Covid-19 policies.

 



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