Library of Congress Urges Voluntary COVID Measures During National Book Festival
WASHINGTON — The National Book Festival resumes in person this Labor Day weekend after being a virtual-only event during the height of the COVID pandemic.
The much-anticipated event returns to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 3 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The festival is free and open to all.
Festival organizers announced Monday that face masks are optional, but their use is nonetheless encouraged, especially in parts of the venue where close contact with others cannot be avoided.
Organizers are also urging attendees to consider testing themselves using a home rapid COVID-19 test kit prior to arrival.
They also said attendees should consider their own “personal risk factors” including being up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccination and wearing a well-fitting, high quality mask while attending the festival and its activities.
Finally, they ask individuals not to attend if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, were diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past five days, or have been recommended to quarantine or isolate by a medical official.
For more information on attending the National Book Festival, please visit loc.gov/bookfest.