An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending YALLFest, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, and agree to follow the guidelines set in place by the YALLFest team.
Everyone in attendance at YALLFest, whether inside or outside, needs to be wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, regardless of vaccination status. This applies to lines, signings, panels, keynotes, and the smackdown.
In accordance with public health guidance, all attendees at indoor events (including panels, keynotes, and the Smackdown), will need to provide proof of full vaccination or a printed negative COVID-19 lab PCR test result within 72 hours. Find test centers near you here.
Middle Grade Events:
Audiences for Middle Grade events will be kept at under 50% capacity to allow for social distancing of families/groups.
All staff, volunteers, sponsors, and authors will be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 lab PCR test result within 72 hours.
Policy is subject to change as the situation evolves and public health guidance is consulted
YALLFest has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to:
stalking, intimidation, offensive verbal comments, physical assault and/or battery, harassing or non-consensual photography or recording, sustained disruption of programs (panels, signings, meet-ups, and other events), bathroom policing, inapropriate physical contact, unwelcome physical attention, in relation to, but not limited to: race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation, age, body size, disability, appearance, religion, citizenship, pregnancy.
If a person engages in harassing behavior, YALLFest Staff will take prompt action in any form they deem appropriate, including expulsion from the festival. Our policy applies to EVERYONE at the convention. Exhibitors, Attendees, Authors, Speakers, Guests, Press, Staff, Volunteers, and Security are all subject to our anti-harassment policy. This applies in the public venues as well as all festival staff spaces, green rooms, parties, and VIP events.
Anyone can report harassment. If someone’s behavior has made you uncomfortable, or if you witness the same happening to someone else, you should immediately contact YALLFest Staff or Security. You may also come to the YALLFest Festival Office at Blue Bicycle Books (420 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, 843-722-2666) to report an incident. If necessary, we will contact local law enforcement, provide escort, offer a safe place or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to make sure they feel safe for the rest of YALLFest.
Remember: Keep your hands to yourself. If you would like to take a picture with or of another fan or an author or other participant, always ask first and respect that person’s right to say no. Common sense and kindness are always the rule.
YALLFest’s mission is to create a fun, safe, and welcoming celebration of literature for young people. We want you not only to have an amazing time, but to experience it in an environment where you are safe and accepted.