Many have been wondering about the fate of the 2020 Minnesota Renaissance Festival amid the current pandemic. On Wednesday, July 22, Mid-America Festivals released part of their plan for remaining open for the 50th anniversary of the event this year.
In that plan, the opening date will now be Sept. 5, two weeks later than the typical August opening. This is being done with the intention of allowing more time to learn about the health situation in order to make an informed decision about opening, according to a Mid-America Festivals release.
The celebration is slated to remain in its current location in Shakopee until at least 2021, the release stated. To remain compliant with the state protocols for outdoor events, they will be limiting the amount of guests to 250 people at a time. Some concerns arise from the fact that in a typical year, there are over 1,000 workers and volunteers also on site.
In address of this issue, the statement offered two solutions to a capacity problem. planners are reportedly in communication with the state to determine if that 250-person capacity can be increased due to the large amount of land that the festival, occupies. Planners argue this reduces the proximity between people. The statement also noted that organizers believe that, “the amount of people testing positive, the severity of the cases and the advancements in treatment will trend in the correct direction in Minnesota.” Planners said this will allow Gov. Tim Walz to issue a new executive order that will permit for more people at gatherings.
According to the Renaissance Festival website, a draft preparedness plan is in the works and will be shared with the public in the near future. It includes mitigation measures and protocols along with any updates about the status of the event.