The organizers of the Hodag Country Festival in Rhinelander were granted a large assembly permit by the Oneida County Public Safety Committee Tuesday. By a vote of 4-1, the committee agreed to grant the permit, with added safety conditions proposed by the organizers of the festival, listed below.
HODAG COUNTRY FESTIVAL
2020 SAFETY PLAN RELATIVE TO COVID-19
1. Offer ticket refunds or rollovers to 2021 for those uncomfortable attending this year’s event.
2. Inform employees/volunteers not to come in to work if they exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms or
were knowingly exposed to COVID-19.
3. Screen employees/volunteers for fever and other COVID-19 related symptoms at start of each
4. Install Sneeze guards at t-shirt stand, front office, tickets booths, bars, camping office.
5. Provide a mask for employees and volunteers.
6. Masks for attendees – suggest they bring their own face mask but provide a mask if they do not
7. Video wall spots encouraging social distancing, wearing of face masks and proper usage,
frequent handwashing or sanitizing, self-quarantine if symptoms appear, etc. Health
Department input on wording.
8. Post signs relative to wear a face mask/face masks available, social distance, stay home if you
have symptoms of COVID-19 or were exposed to someone who does, etc. Health Department
input on wording.
9. Hand wristbands to customers to put on and watch that they are put on properly. HCF is
utilizing a new cloth-style wristband this year.
10. Carry-ins will be visually checked by HCF employees; customer opens and closes cooler.
11. There will be no busses for transportation from Overflow to Main Grounds to Parking Lot.
12. There will be no chair line in the entertainment area on Wednesday, July 8th.
13. Chairs in the entertainment area – we are considering different options based on status of
COVID-19 at the time of event (lines 6-feet apart, no chairs allowed except for people with
14. Considering opening gates for camping on Tuesday, July 7th as opposed to Saturday, July 4th if the
Health Department thinks this would be beneficial.
15. Limit capacity in loft, party deck, pavilion and skybox seats based on guidance for July.
16. Limit the number of available weekend wristbands to 16,000.
17. High touch areas to be sanitized every two hours.
18. Bathrooms sanitized frequently.
19. Shower attendant to sanitize between each stall use.
20. Use fogging sanitizer to sanitize large areas such as shower buildings, bathrooms, bar and
backstage based on Health Department recommendations.
21. Hand sanitizer kiosks at each entrance to pavilion, backstage, gates, and bathrooms.
22. Additional hand sanitizer dispensers to be located at shower buildings, security office, camping
office, Sheriff’s office, EMT building, etc.
23. Hand sanitizer dispenser in every porta-pottie, as well as outside porta-potties in high traffic
24. Send Health Department’s guidance/requirements to vendors.
25. Other ideas from Health Department.