BellFest Welcomes New Health and Wellness Advisor

The global and regional response to the novel coronavirus has challenged many organizations to reevaluate their operations and adjust their programming to keep everyone safe. The National Bell Festival is no exception. It will take a commitment from each and every one of us to beat back this pandemic – and we want to make sure we do our part. 

We have adjusted our festival lineup to accommodate these extraordinary circumstances, streaming events online and only coming together in person at open and well-ventilated outdoor areas. Your wellness is our first priority.

As part of that commitment, we have invited Dr. Herbert Dal Corso to advise our executive team on best practices and guidelines established by regional authorities to keep you and your family safe during your BellFest experience on New Year's Day. What does that look like in practice?

  • We ask that you maintain social distancing to keep at least 6 feet apart from other groups and those not in your household.
  • All festivalgoers are asked to wear a mask when near others, inside structures, or moving around. Please bring your own mask and follow all applicable city, county, and state guidelines.
  • It may be chilly in your area on New Year’s Day. Bundle up! Wear warm and comfortable attire.
  • Walking paths and grassy lawns may be slippery or uneven, so please use caution when finding that perfect place to cozy-up and listen to the bells. 

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and anyone with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By attending an event hosted by the National Bell Festival, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. You are also affirming that you are healthy and have not exhibited any symptoms of COVID-19 in the 14 days before the event. Symptoms include fever (100.4 degrees or higher), cough, shortness of breath, chills, nausea, diarrhea, loss of taste, sore throat, or muscle aches. If you feel sick, are exhibiting one or more of these symptoms, or have any signs of illness, please stay home.

Similarly, if you are at higher risk for severe illness, or are in any way uncomfortable venturing out where groups of people may be present, please stay home. You can always tune-in to BellFest experiences streamed online!

This New Year’s Day is a wonderful occasion to ring in the New Year and celebrate the spirit of community that BellFest is all about. We invite you to join us! And celebrate responsibly.