The coronavirus means business! We won't let it win...but we will negotiate to keep the peace.
Barn-B-Q is all about good times, but your health and safety is our top priority! To ensure that we keep everyone safe and make sure we all go home healthy, we have put a number of guidelines and rules in place that we as a staff promise to follow and expect each of our guests to follow. Event team reserves the right to ask to leave anyone not following the rules of participation.
Only attend if you are 100% healthy. This is for your safety and each and every other attendee. If you have any signs or symptoms related to COVID-19 or an elevated temperature … DO NOT ATTEND. We can issue a refund with valid proof of a coronavirus test 5 days prior to or after the event date. Participants who have a documented case of COVID-19 must have a written letter from a physician indicating they are cleared to compete.
Limited attendance: Capacity currently set at 100.
Refund policy: If we are forced to cancel the event for health and safety reasons, we will refund all but $5 (and the processing fee) of your entry cost to alleviate our non-refundable event expenses AND will apply the $5 towards your 2021 entry fee. As always, there will be no refunds offered for no-shows or changes in your availability (think of your registration as a concert ticket).
Restrooms: The inside of the Barn will be closed to us with the exception of the restrooms. Doors will remain open to limit surfaces needing to be touched. Only 2 people will be allowed in the room at a time. Soap and running water are available in the restrooms. Always wash your hands as per recommended guidelines whenever leaving the restroom (and perhaps even upon entering).
Seating: Tents will be set-up outside and only 5 individuals may be seated beneath each to maintain social distancing. Groups who live together or normally spend time with one another, may occupy tents with up to 10 people. Groups who do not need to social distance as per State and CDC guidelines (household members, romantic partners, etc.) should register with a Team Name so we can properly plan the seating arrangements. You are welcomed and encouraged to bring your own CHAIR to reduce multiple people using the same seat. Sanitizing wipes will be provided so you can self wipe down any of the provided chairs and your table space prior to sitting. We encourage you to keep your seat once selected.
Always respect the personal space of others
Maintain a minimum of 6’ separation from other attendees, staff, volunteers, and park-goers while at the event
Pass widely on trails to maintain a 6’ distance, put on your mask whenever this is not possible, slow down and announce your intention to pass
Since unfortunately many things can not go without saying, please NO spitting; cough/sneeze away from people and into your elbow; do not leave dirty tissues or napkins about (or any other trash for that matter); remember that in 2020 it is perfectly polite AND expected to NOT shake hands or high 5; smiles and good vibes are always welcome!
Check-In: Bibs and shirts will be distributed systematically in a way that will keep staff/volunteers and attendees 6' apart. Please read instructional signs and/or listen to staff instructions.
Masks will be REQUIRED while on site: at check-in, at the BBQ and beverage area, when using the restrooms, whenever moving about the site, or any other time a minimum of 6' social distancing is not possible. Masks can be removed while, seated and eating and drinking at your seat. Bring your most stylish mask or face covering!
Masks MUST be worn properly covering both the mouth and nose.
Masks are NOT required while running or hiking, but we will require that you carry a mask or face covering with you so that you can wear it when passing others on the trails or if it is not possible to maintain a 12' distance from others.
Sanitizing stations will be available throughout the event site: at check-in, on restroom line, at bbq and drink areas, central to seating.
Trash and recycling: Blue recycling cans with a small round opening will be around the event site for bottles and cans only. Trash cans will have open tops for all other garbage. Please dispose of finished plates, plasticware, napkins, bottles, cans, etc ASAP for the safest environment possible.
As this is not a competitive event, we ask that you walk/slow down/stop when encountering others on the trail to allow safe passage for everyone. For those in the earlier timed wave, we ask you still to put health and safety above a few seconds on your finish time.
We have designed a new 5K (3.1 mile) course that utilizes wider paths than those we have used in the past to allow for safer passing and better social distancing.
We recommend using this marked course, however you are welcome to use any of our previous maps or take your own route with the understanding that only the new wider path 5K course will have event directional markers.
You may run or hike multiple loops on the new 5K (3.1M) course if you'd like to complete a 10K (6.2 M), 15K (9.3M), 20K (12.4M) run or a 6M hike.
If you feel uncomfortable on the trails, alternatively you can take a stroll past the historic buildings and cemetery in the Deserted Village. The paved road is wide enough to maintain social distancing.
Staggered starts: we will have official starts for the new 5K course spaced out by intended distance, speed, running vs hiking, and small groups/families. We will announce this schedule on-site. Starts will begin at noon.
If lawn games are offered, we will require players to wear gloves (provided) and a mask since players will be tossing the same items.
BBQ and beverages: all beverages will be in cans or bottles (no draft, no pitchers this year); all food will be served by staff or volunteers with masks and gloves (no buffet style this year). You are welcomed to bring your own personal snacks/sandwiches/etc this year if that makes you more comfortable.
Water: Individual sealed water bottles will be available at the event site. There may not be community water stations on the trails. Please bring water for the course in a hydration pack, favorite water bottle, or take one of ours.
Please be aware that we do not have an on-site medical staff and in the event of a medical emergency, 911 or the Union County Police will be called on your behalf. Should you begin to exhibit any covid-19 related symptoms while on-site, we ask that you inform staff of the issue and choose if your symptoms require a 911/UCP call or if you prefer to leave for home immediately. For minor injuries and ailments we will have a basic first aid kit on site.
Refund policy: As always, there will be no refunds offered for no-shows or changes in your availability (think of your registration as a concert ticket).
These guidelines and rules are now FINAL as of 9/4/2020.