As the first in-person IVFDF and one of the first large in-person UK folk dance events since the pandemic, we are aware that people may understandably feel concerned about returning to in-person dancing.
We are in a much better place than we were in 2020, but Covid-19 has not gone away and its risks to our community remain.
Dancing indoors is a high-contact activity involving heavy breathing (unless you are exceptionally fit! ;-) ) and therefore has a high potential for spreading Covid-19. As a committee we are very aware of the serious responsibility of holding an IVFDF in these times. While it’s impossible to hold a dance event during a pandemic that is entirely risk-free, we wish to protect our attendees as much as we possibly can.
If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please feel free to contact us.
We have two Covid entry requirements for all IVFDF 2022 attendees (including artists, workshop leaders and volunteers) aged 18 or over:
You will need to show this at check-in when you collect your wristbands.
* If you are required to take a PCR test for work or travel reasons, a negative PCR result is fine and you don’t have to do a separate LFT.
Why do we have two requirements? Government guidance and Sheffield Students’ Union (SU) policy require us to ask for Covid passes. A valid Covid pass can be generated from vaccination status, test result or medical exemption - but it does not display details, so it doesn’t tell us that someone has done a test. We want all attendees to take a lateral flow test as we believe this will reduce the potential for Covid transmission at IVFDF. Therefore, we are also asking you to show us your test result.
If you cannot take a Covid test: If you are unable to take a Covid test for medical reasons, there will be an option to indicate this when you buy your ticket. This information will only be visible to our committee, and you will receive instructions about how to notify us of your arrival so we can handle your check-in confidentially. You must tell us this in advance; you can email us if you have accidentally bought your ticket without selecting the option. If you are travelling to IVFDF and find yourself medically unable to take a Covid test, contact us at once. You cannot tell us at check-in for data protection reasons. If you have any concerns or questions about this, please contact us.
What is a Covid pass? For UK residents or people vaccinated in the UK, the NHS Covid pass is a QR code which is generated by your vaccination status, your exemption status or a recent negative Covid test. You can print the Covid pass or show it on your device. A domestic Covid pass (which is all that is required for IVFDF - you don’t need to show us the international one) doesn’t disclose your vaccination or exemption status - it just shows validity.
Non UK residents can show either the proof of vaccination used to enter the UK, or evidence of a recent negative lateral flow test. If your proof of vaccination is not on the government approved proof of vaccination list or you’re medically exempt, you can show evidence of a negative test. (If you’re unable to do a Covid test, please see If you cannot take a Covid test above.)
How do I show that I’ve taken a Covid test? We will accept either of the following as evidence of a negative Covid test:
Anyone who cannot show a recent negative result, will not take a test on the door and has not contacted us privately will not be admitted to IVFDF until they have taken a lateral flow test and can show a negative result. We will have a limited supply of tests on the door, but we cannot guarantee their availability; it is your responsibility to obtain a lateral flow test for yourself.
To protect our stewards and committee members, attendees are required to wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose (unless exempt) while checking in. We will not be asking for proof of face covering exemption. Please do not challenge other attendees if they are not wearing a face covering, as they may be unable to do so.
Once you have checked in, you are not required to wear face coverings at dances or workshops. You will need to wear a face covering while moving between venues and in common areas of the SU (see “Masks/ Face coverings”) below).
Under-18s are exempt from any Covid pass requirements, so we will not be asking for Covid passes or Covid test evidence from under-18s.
However, if you are under 18 and attending IVFDF, we would very much appreciate it if you could take a lateral flow test before coming, if you are able to do so. (We completely understand that it is not usually feasible for primary school age children and younger to take lateral flow tests!)
If you are coming to IVFDF for the entire weekend, we would very much appreciate it if you could take a second lateral flow test on the Sunday to help minimise the chance of Covid-19 being spread during the festival. LFTs are usually available from the Student’s Union, or you can bring some with you.
This is not a requirement, and we will not be checking LFT results for this (but obviously, leave IVFDF at once if you test positive!)
Being vaccinated against Covid-19 is not a requirement to attend IVFDF 2022 - although you need to show a Covid pass, this can be generated with a negative lateral flow test result.
However, IVFDF 2022 would strongly prefer attendees to be fully vaccinated (unless medically exempt). Studies have shown that vaccines help to prevent transmission of the virus, and we kindly request that all attendees take this into consideration.
As per NHS and government guidance, if you:
we are very sorry, but you may not attend IVFDF. Your ticket will be fully refunded.
If you test positive or develop symptoms during IVFDF, you must immediately leave IVFDF and let us know (via a text message to a number that will available in the programme). Your ticket will be refunded fully or partially depending on how long you were at the festival.
IVFDF 2022 attendees will not generally be required to wear face coverings (except before check-in as mentioned above) as many people cannot dance comfortably while wearing them. However, the SU is currently asking people to wear face coverings in common areas, so you will need to wear a face covering (unless exempt) while traveling between venues.
We recognise that some dancers will prefer to wear masks / face coverings, and we ask that all attendees be considerate of this when approaching others or asking them to dance. Similarly, please remember that some people are unable to wear face coverings, and do not challenge other attendees.
Hand sanitizer will be available at all the evening dances.
The SU has an air handling system for ventilation, which we have been told can be operated at maximum during IVFDF. This does make some of the venues quite cold, so bring warm clothing to wear between dances.
We are asking our callers to indicate ahead of time if a dance requires partner-switching, so that you can choose to only dance with the same partner all evening. Please note that in contra dancing there is always a lot of interaction with other people in your set, so if you do not want to dance in close hold with others you may wish to avoid the contra events.
We hope to have some lanyards available that attendees can choose to wear to indicate their comfort levels with different types of contact. We’re still ironing out the details of this - please check back nearer the time.
No event can ever be completely safe from Covid-19. We are taking every measure available to us to protect IVFDF attendees, but not everything is within our control. In particular, please note that:
For more Covid-19 information specific to Sheffield SU, please see https://su.sheffield.ac.uk/coronavirus.