COVID POLICY 2022

Attendance to Nowhere has inherent risks on a normal year. This year is different; one risk is large in the minds of planners, volunteers, contracted services and most attendees of the event. 

Nowhere’s event organization (NORG) is required to follow all requirements listed in our permit documents and all Spanish laws. Currently, the law requires us to ask you for :

  • proof of having received the complete COVID-19 vaccination regime (see below for more details about this), and at least 14 days have passed since the last dose thereof,
  • or for proof of Covid recovery (the person should be in the period between the 11th and the 180th day after being tested positive),
  • or for a negative diagnostic test of active infection performed by health professionals in an authorized center within the 72 (PCR) or 48 hours (Lateral Flow/Antigen) before reaching Gate, in order to access the event.

In addition to these legal requirements, NORG will also follow guidance from the Red Cross as they both understand our culture and are medical professionals. That input makes up the foundation of Nowhere’s Covid policy. Our volunteers have researched as many similar events as possible and carefully reviewed their rules. This has provided a basis for what we consider to be fair, reasonable, balanced and safe measures for the event this year. 

When NORG has choices, NORG will aim to use the most minimal approach that still takes reasonable precautions to protect all involved (volunteers, participants, staff, contracted service workers, etc). This is so Nowhere remains a safe, open and supportive community for the participants and the volunteers who create and manage the event. 

Regardless of current laws, NORG will test all people entering the event with a rapid antigen test, administered by professionals. Because this event will run for about a week it has been determined to be a reasonable precaution to exclude people who test positive with a rapid test at gate. 

Norg strongly recommends every participant to test themselves at home before coming to the event, in order to avoid testing positive at gate.

We will be reviewing and updating our Covid action plan as the situation changes and as we receive further guidance from additional agencies.

Please refer any questions regarding our Covid Policy to covidfaq@goingnowhere.org

While we are also sending out this information via newsletter, Facebook and Telegram, this website will always have the most up to date Covid policy for Nowhere 2022.

COVID AND ACCESS TO THE EVENT

There are two main things related to Covid that are going to happen at Gate this year:

1. Testing to access the event

This is a specific measure that was voted on by Norg’s Lead community in February 2022. It was decided in order to minimize the risk and create a safer environment for everyone, specially for those participants with health conditions that can put them in danger if exposed to Covid.

It is also a very good measure to help Norg minimize the risk level classification in which the authorities will place the event in order to allow it to happen.

Please be aware that everyone entering the event must get tested. Due to covid testing operations, entrance to the event is only possible during the following hours:

  • Wednesday 29th June: from 7AM until 9PM
  • Thursday 30th June: from 7AM until 11.59PM
  • Friday 1st July: from 7AM until 11.59PM
  • Saturday 2nd July: from 7AM until 11.59PM
  • Sunday 3rd July: from 7AM until 11.59PM
  • Monday 4th July: open 24 hours from 7AM
  • Tuesday 5th July: open 24 hours
  • Wednesday 6th July: until 00.00AM
  • Thursday 7th July: from 7AM until 1AM
  • Friday 8th July: from 7AM until 00.00AM
  • Saturday 9th Juy: from 7AM until 00.00AM

If you arrive outside of these times, you can not get the test and therefore can not enter the event until the testing continues the following morning.

2. Requesting of vaccination / recovery / testing documents

This measure is a mandatory law requirement (see above).

As you might know, Nowhere is created by a community of people that follow the principles of Civic Responsibility and Inclusion. Therefore, it was decided by Norg’s Lead community in February 2022 to perform rapid antigen tests at Gate in order to minimize the risk and create a safer environment for everyone, specially for those participants with health conditions that can put them in danger if exposed to Covid.

In addition, Nowhere is a week-long event for most Participants, for some is a several weeks-long event, which makes it different from other daily or overnight events happening during this summer in Spain. This maximizes the risk of infection.

In order to enter Nowhere, you will need to present any/either of the following pieces of documentation:

  • Proof of full vaccination.
  • Negative result to a pre-departure molecular test (aka PCR – valid 72 hours) or rapid antigen test/lateral flow (valid 48 hours from an authorized administration – Not a self administered home test.
  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19.
    Validity: A certificate of recovery can be from day 11 after the first positive molecular test and up to 180 days after the sample date.
  • Children younger than 12 are exempt from the obligation to provide these documents.
  • After presenting any of the above documents, you will be given an additional covid test at the gate in order be granted entry.

If you test positive at Gate, you will not be allowed to enter as per law requirement (see above). You will be welcome to come back later in the week with a valid document showing a recent (24 hours from the test done at gate) EU approved negative PCR test. Self administered tests won’t be accepted.

Any certificate issued by an authorized lab. It has to show your personal information matching the details of the ID you are using to access the event.

  • If you have received a booster, you are considered fully vaccinated for entry into Spain. There is currently no expiry date for booster jabs.
  • If you have not received a booster, but have received two doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine approved for use the European Union and World Health Organization, then at least 14 days and no more than 270 days must have passed since your last dose, to qualify as fully vaccinated.

Nowhere won’t refund any ticket that hasn’t been used because its owner has tested positive at Gate. We want to encourage people to test themselves before arrival in order to avoid being refused entry. 

Only participants with negative test results will be allowed on site. If one of the occupants of a vehicle tests positive, they will have to leave and their companions will be allowed in.

Those participants accompanying another participant that tested positive will be allowed in under the recommendation to follow close contact protocol, that is hand washing, social distancing and wearing masks in enclosed spaces. Testing after 48 hours of arriving will be advised.

In the event that a participant that tested positive comes back with a recent (24 hours from the test done at gate) EU approved negative PCR test they will be allowed on site. Self administered tests won’t be accepted.

As a result of this, we strongly encourage travel companions to communicate with each other and self test before starting their journey.

The Spanish Government has published a series of instructions for entering Spain where you will be able to find a form that will transform your vaccination/recovery info in a standard QR code readable at Gate. Please be aware that this form only works for the people coming to Spain by plane.

You can find the instructions in English here, and the form here.

If you are not coming to Spain by plane and your vaccination/recovery certificate has been issued in a non-EU country, please use an app that can turn your certificate into an standard QR code. We recommend using Covid Certificate, of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (Android version / iOS Version)

No, testing at Gate will only be mandatory the first time you access the event.

BUSES

As you might know, Norg will not organize official buses to the event. They impose a high risk for the spread of Covid as one person with an active infection inside of a bus could lead to potentially several people infected on the following days once they have entered the event. In addition to this, as part of the Action Plan that Nowhere has to present to the authorities, we have agreed and declared to the Regional Government that there will be no buses to the event. This means that, if private buses are organized by the participants, we will be breaching our official agreement with the authorities to hold an event. 

NORG strongly advises against organizing private buses to get to and out of site.

No, Norg will not assist in any way the arrival or departure of any privately organized buses. 

The law requests us to minimize the risks to the maximum. During the past few months, it was agreed with the local authorities, which have specific Covid requirements than Spain does as a country, that no Norg buses will come to the event and that Norg won’t have any kind of involvement in such initiatives, in order to try to avoid an outbreak.

If the local authorities see any privately organized buses in town, or in the area, they will assume that Norg has breached the agreement of having no buses.

This will put this year, and future events at risk of NOT taking place.

We will kindly ask you to bear in mind the fact that Norg has thoroughly discussed this in the past months, and the idea had to be dismissed before agreeing with the local authorities, due to the high risk that it implied, both for the health and safety of the participants and for Norg’s future relationship with the Local Government.

Another important thing to note, is that buses can not access the site through the main road, as they will get stuck and will need a tow truck to get out.

Preference will be given to cars/smaller vehicles and bus passengers will have to wait until the testing facility can process them safely, which could take several hours. Since bus transportation poses a risk of infection and Norg actively discourages it, the Covid testing process has not been designed for bus transport, therefore be aware that choosing to come by bus will result in several hours waiting at Gate.

Only participants with negative test results will be allowed on site. If one of the occupants of a vehicle tests positive, they will have to leave and their companions will be allowed in.

Those participants will be allowed in under the recommendation to follow close contact protocol, that is hand washing, social distancing and wearing masks in enclosed spaces. Testing after 48 hours of arriving will be advised.

In the event that a participant that tested positive comes back with a recent (24 hours from the test done at gate) EU approved negative antigen or PCR test they will be allowed on site.

As a result of this, we strongly encourage travel companions to communicate with each other and self test before starting their journey.

TESTING DURING THE EVENT

Norg encourages people to bring their own tests and to self-test before coming. There will be a limited number of self tests available on-demand at Malfare. Please get tested if you show any symptoms.

If you test positive during the event, you will be given the choice between moving to the Isolation Area or leaving the site. Please refer to the Covid Policy. If you are known to have tested positive, or are showing symptoms and do not test, and you knowingly do not follow the guidance / requirements, you are putting both the people of Nowhere and the event of Nowhere at risk.  As such, Malfare will follow up with the person who does/did not follow the rules. The resulting actions could be up to and including removal from the event and a ban from attending Nowhere in the future.

You will be allowed to leave the event if you choose to. Norg cannot force you to quarantine or deprive you of your freedom. If you decide to leave the event, Norg will inform you of the current Spanish law and the further steps it recommends taking.

If you’ve been a close contact of someone who tested positive, you don’t need to move to the Isolation Area. However, we encourage you to follow close contacts protocol, that is hand washing, social distancing and wearing masks in enclosed spaces. Testing after 48 hours will be advised too.