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Renaissance festival set for this weekend in San Antonio will have strict social distancing measures

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A two-day renaissance festival will go on as planned this weekend with social distancing measures as the San Antonio area experiences a surge in coronavirus cases.

A two-day renaissance festival will go on as planned this weekend with social distancing measures as the San Antonio area experiences a surge in coronavirus cases.

Photo: Masked Renaissance Festival

Photo: Masked Renaissance Festival

A two-day renaissance festival will go on as planned this weekend with social distancing measures as the San Antonio area experiences a surge in coronavirus cases.

A two-day renaissance festival will go on as planned this weekend with social distancing measures as the San Antonio area experiences a surge in coronavirus cases.

Photo: Masked Renaissance Festival

Renaissance festival set for this weekend in San Antonio will have strict social distancing measures

A two-day renaissance festival will go on as planned this weekend with social distancing measures as the San Antonio area experiences a surge in coronavirus cases.

The organizers of the fourth annual Masked Spring Renaissance Festival, which had to be rescheduled from May in response to the pandemic, said safety measures and capacity restrictions will be in place to ensure social distancing.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday at Jackson Ranch located at 8910 Callaghan Rd. The festival will monitor capacity to follow city and county orders that forbid outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people, according to event organizer Patrice Villastrigo. She said the event typically draws over 1,000 visitors annually.

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Villastrigo said visitors and vendors must wear face masks and booths will be 6 feet apart. In addition, the outdoor event will have two hand-washing stations and disposable seat covers for its portable restroom that will be cleaned and sanitized regularly.

The food court will be in a separate area on the 4-acre property. Tables will be 6 feet apart and guests cannot leave the area with food or drinks, Villastrigo said.

“We are an exemplary example for safety for the community to have a place to go to feel safe so that they can have fun without worrying about everything,” she said, adding that the festival will have monitors walking around to ensure groups of people don’t get too close to each other.

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There will be a range of renaissance-themed vendors such as an archery tag booth, a mystic jewels booth and a Viking emporium.

Entrance is free with a donation to the San Antonio Food Bank. Canned goods are accepted. Without the donation, entrance is $5 per family. Groups more than 10 are not allowed, Villastrigo said. Guests are welcome to dress up as there will be a costume contest as well as a face mask contest.

“We are doing everything we can do maintain a healthy environment for the public, however, people must take responsibility for the measures they take towards safety, meaning wearing their mask and maintaining their distance,” Villastrigo said.

Priscilla Aguirre is a general assignment reporter for MySA.com | priscilla.aguirre@express-news.net | @CillaAguirre