Covid-19 Policy

A (post-)pandemic world requires a lot of adaptations on hygienic measures, official rules and our own ethics to go by. We’re happy to be able to organise IRL-events again, but these will require non-stop adaptations of the festival set-up, and compliance by our visitors, professional crew and team. Please read this information carefully, so you know how we will organise and what you’ll have to agree on in order to participate in Upside Down. 

 

Obviously the goal of setting the boundaries and conditions for the festival will create opportunities, freedom and a system to not only protect yourself, but also others in society.  

 

Upside Down is a covid safe ticket event. 

To participate at the event 

 

  • Upon arrival participants are able to present one of following documents:
  1. Vaccination certificate or passport (vaccine type and manufacturer, number of doses, date of vaccination): proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Only valid 14 days after fully finished vaccination schedule.
  2. A negative test result, PCR or rapid antigen, with the name of the test, date and time of test, test centre and result (self-tests are not valid) executed max 72hrs (antigen) or 48hrs (PCR) before arrival at the festival site.
  3. Certificate stating recovery from COVID-19 (between 11 and max 180 days).

 

  • In In case of a significant rise of numbers, or more restrictions from the government, we will adjust our policy accordingly. This might include extra testing on site for all participants and crew, which comes with an extra cost of max €25. Or it could include a partial cancellation of tickets to respect maximum numbers at the event. We will reduce participants in opposite chronological order. A final update will be available one week before the event starts.

 

  • We believe that the majority of dancers are up to date and conscious about the risk of their own and other people’s health. Through registering, you agree to avoid unnecessary close contact with people outside of the event, creating an ‘event bubble’

 

  • Participants from abroad can find useful information about travel possibilities and restrictions here.

 

  • Participants consent to our code of conduct and terms and conditions (registration – practical – Covid)

 

Participants are comprehensive of changes due to Force Majeure or constant changing regulations of the Belgian National and Flemish Government . We will always follow the most recent measures, which may affect safety requirements of the event. A final update will be available one week before the event starts.

Dancing 

 

  • For now, it seems, social dancing at evening parties and switching partners during classes will be possible and completely free. It is possible that in case of changes in the health measures and regulations we have to organise additional social circles of contact.

 

  • For those who do not feel comfortable social dancing with others, we allow you to create your own limitations and limit your dancing to a fixed partner/solo or your own smaller social circle, if wished at a designated zone.

General rules  

 

  • We request that you follow the general hygiene measures:
    • Stay home if you have a sickness or cold!
    • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly, especially before and after class and in between dances.
    • Cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow or into a paper towel. Dispose of the papers immediately in a trash can.
    • We insist you to avoid close contact with people outside the festival, to reduce the risk of infection and spreading. We consider all participants and crew being part of a closed social bubble.
    • Bring your own water bottle.
    • Always follow the instructions of the organization.
    • Inform us if you test COVID positive and have participated in one of our activities in the 7 days before!

 

  • We’ll do our best to provide as much safety and peace of mind to everyone involved. Last but not least, we’ll make sure that you will be reminded of the spontaneous thrill and joy of dancing to live music. 

Covid cancellation policy   

 

We understand that legal situations and covid-measures might change at any given moment.

  • If a participant is not allowed to travel due to government restrictions, we will offer a (partly) refund or pass transfer according to our refund policy.
  • In case we have to cancel the event ourselves due to force majeure we will organise a 75% refund (minus administrative and back up costs) or allow pass transfer after we have processed the request.
  • We will not be able to refund any other costs such as housing, transport and other expenses related to your planned visit to Upside Down Festival.