Health FAQ

Ragtag Film Society has been working closely with the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services to provide safe, outdoor cinematic experiences since summer of 2020. Safety has always been a top priority for True/False and that continues to be true in this moment as we work to implement new protocols in uncertain times. Bringing back joyful community experiences is imperative; doing so safely is paramount. 

If you have any questions not answered here, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly Box Office team! Contact: 573.442.TRUE (8783) or [email protected]

Health Precautions & Rules

We are proactively doing our best to educate all attendees about expectations for COVID precautions. We have moved to a digital ticketing system. In addition to moving the festival to Stephens Lake Park for outdoor concerts and screenings, we have physically distancing seating in all venues, require mask-wearing, and will have hand-washing stations around the park. During the Fest, we will screen our staff and volunteers daily for symptoms.

All basic precautions are in place: wash your hands, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, and stay six feet apart from people outside your household or quaranteam. Hand washing stations will be available in food areas and hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the Fest. Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth unless actively eating or drinking. Guidelines for masks can be found here. The latest CDC guidelines do recommend masks at large outdoor events for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

For an illustration of how much space to keep between each other, think:

  • The length of a Ragtag Cinema couch
  • Barb the Buffaloe
  • Three theater seats
  • David Wilson’s wingspan
  • (Let us know if you think of other fun ideas.)

Yes. Unless you’re actively eating or drinking, masks are required throughout the park and all venues. The latest CDC guidelines do recommend masks at large outdoor events for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. 

The Fest has a crew responsible for disinfecting everywhere appropriate, as well as a dedicated team tasked with health policy compliance. If they see any unsafe or risky behavior, they’ll step in to provide guidance. Attendees who do not comply will be asked to leave. Nobody likes being the mask, hand washing, or physical distancing enforcer, so let’s all do our part to make this Fest safe for everyone. Thank you!

  • For every component of the Fest, from film screenings to communal spaces and food and bev, we have submitted a dedicated health plan to the health department and will get approval on our operational.
  • Reduced emphasis on queueing & in-person line waiting: The new Pod Flight admission plan and reduced Q capacity will help us cut back on lines.

The 2021 theme — The Nature of Uncertainty — reminds us that tumultuous times invite creative reimaginings, and we look forward to having you on that journey with us. Your continued support and trust means the world to us.