COVID-19 Policy

  1. The Lakes of Fire COVID-19 Policy
  2. Providing Your Documents
  3. Questions and Answers
  4. How To Submit Your Vaxx Card With VaxYes


The Lakes of Fire COVID-19 Policy

As we ramp up and prepare for our first event in 2 years, the Leads and Board of Directors are committed to preserving the safety and health of all participants at Lakes of Fire 2022. We will continue to track, discuss, and seek input from local officials.

After consulting with the local health department, our current and general plan will be:

  • Proof of vaccination (at least two weeks after receiving the final dose). Booster shots are encouraged but not required.
  • –OR–

  • written or electronic documentation of a recent negative test that was administered by a licensed facility. PCR tests are acceptable within 72 hours of your arrival at Gate; rapid tests are acceptable within 12 hours. Either one will require a document from your test provider showing your negative result (such as your pharmacy, your doctor’s office, or a licensed testing site).

We encourage everyone, regardless of their vaccination status, to test and practice infection mitigation measures prior to Lakes of Fire.


Providing Your Documents

How will you show your COVID safety documents to get through Gate?

In order to get through Gate, we ask every participant entering the Burn this year to do ONE of the following:

  1. Bring a physical paper record with you to Gate. You WILL be okay if you show up with ONE of the following paper documents:
    • Your original vaccination record card,
    • A print-out of your recent negative test result from your test provider, OR
    • a print-out of your state or doctor-provided vaccination record with your COVID vaccination information.
  2. Gate volunteers will borrow them with the rest of your documents at Stop 2 for validation. AT-HOME TEST RESULTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT ALL.

  3. Upload your vaxx card through VaxYes and show us your VaxYes QR code. We highly recommend VaxYes, a free service that validates your vaccination records and lets you download a QR code to your smartphone’s digital wallet. This option will be the least hassle for us, and will help us get you through Gate as quickly as possible. If this option interests you, take a few minutes to upload your card and government ID to VaxYes today. Read the full instructions here. If you would like to use another service, please make sure that we will be able to see a picture of your vaccination card, your name, and your date of birth.
  4. Bring a digital record on your smart phone to Gate. A Gate volunteer will ask for your phone and look at it to verify the document; you must be ready to hand the phone to the volunteer, who will do the verification at your vehicle and return the phone to you. We will not have a method for you to email or share a file with us; we will be doing the check by looking at your phone. The same documents as we would accept in paper form are acceptable here:
    • Your original vaccination record card,
    • A print-out of your recent negative test result from your test provider, OR
    • a print-out of your state or doctor-provided vaccination record with your COVID vaccination information.

… And now that you know the COVID safety policy, don’t forget to check out our regular safety policies, the Survival Guide and Code of Conduct!


Questions and Answers

On June 12th, the US re-entry guidelines changed and a COVID test is no longer required. Is Lakes of Fire still requiring a COVID test?

Our policy has not changed. GLEA’s Board of Directors and Department Leads arrived on-site to begin setting up the event when this news was released, and all our ticket-holding participants are making decisions about attending based on the current policy. We are not changing our policy about requiring negative tests or proof of vaccination to enter Lakes of Fire 2022.

Why are you no longer requiring a booster?

Because we cannot verify when someone is and is not eligible for the booster(s). Our volunteers would need to review a person’s medical information, birth date, and other personal, non-medical data. Our organization is not equipped to do that, practically or legally.

Even if boosters are not required, we do recommend staying up-to-date for your own safety. If you want to find out if you are as current as possible with your shots, check out the CDC guidance at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html#recommendations to answer the question “When Am I Up to Date with My Vaccinations?”.

How do you define “fully-vaccinated”?

We have decided to use the CDC’s current definition of fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after 2nd dose in primary series for Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca
  • 2 weeks after 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen

If your vaccine is not listed, please contact the Board for resolution.

Does the vaccine requirement apply to all children? What is the safety policy for minors?

For minors aged 2-18, the vaccination (if eligible) or test condition still applies to them. For minors under the age of 2, we trust you to make the best decision for your children. The reference we used for the 2 yr age cutoff was the US entry requirement at travel.state.gov. UPDATE: our policy was based on this guidance up to the US changing it on June 12th; we are not changing our policy, as our event is happening the week of Monday, June 13th.


How To Submit Your Vaxx Card With VaxYes

If you plan to go with option #2 and submit your proof of vaccination ahead of time with VaxYes, then please follow the instructions below. When you’re done with these instructions, you should have a new entry in your smartphone’s digital wallet from GoGetDoc, the company who makes VaxYes. It’s a QR code vouching for your first two doses. This QR code is what you will need to show at Gate! Make sure you have it on your phone before you exhale with relief.

Before you begin, have your vaccination card and government ID with you. You will have to submit pictures of them during the process. The whole process should take less than 10 minutes. If you get interrupted, you will have to start over.

  1. Go to https://gogetdoc.com/chat/start/vax-yes/5.
  2. You’ll be taken to a prompt with a chat bot and a user agreement. Press “I Agree” to continue.
  3. Follow the chatbot’s instructions. You will need to input your name, date of birth, and phone number. You will upload photos of your documents and enter the dates and lot numbers of your vaccinations.
  4. Once you’re finished, you will get a text message with a login URL. Follow the login instructions on your phone.
  5. Once you are logged in, look for this screen. Press the “Add to Wallet” button to download the first QR code to your phone’s wallet; this is the code for your two-dose vaccination.
  6. Go into your phone’s wallet and make sure you see your QR code. Once you’re here, you are done! (If you aren’t on an iPhone it will look different.)
  7. It’s also okay if you want to print the code out or save it to your photo library instead of your wallet. No matter how you bring the code, Gate volunteers just need to be able to scan it. You can even test-scan your code to see how it works.

    How Gate Volunteers Check your Data With VaxYes

    1. Using a smart device, a Gate volunteer will scan your QR code. They will use your DOB provided on your Lakes of Fire ticket to verify that they are looking at the right person’s data.

    2. If your DOB matches the QR code, they will see your document and VaxYes’s verification.