Covid-19 Safety Protocols & Measures

In anticipation of Rain Taxi’s 22nd annual TWIN CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL, we are mindful of the continuing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and we care deeply about the well-being of our attendees, authors, exhibitors, and volunteers. Our highest priority is to present this gathering as safely as possible, hence the following safety protocols and measures. (Valid as as of August 1, 2022)


    • At the Progress Center
      All attendees are asked to enter the TCBF at the Progress Center through the main doors, where they will have their vaccination/test record checked and receive a wristband that shows they’re cleared. This process may make entry more time-consuming, so make sure to arrive with plenty of time to spare if you’re there for a timed event.

    • At the Fine Arts Center
      For staged events taking place in the Fine Arts Center, audience members may enter the building at the main doors, where they will have their wristbands checked.

    • Dress for the weather
      We will have many doors and windows open in both buildings to improve airflow—make sure to wear clothing that will keep you comfortable throughout the time you’re at the TCBF.

    • Masks are strongly encouraged while indoors
      To lower the risk of covid-19 transmission, we encourage, but do not require, attendees, exhibitors, and staff to wear face masks while indoors.

Proof of Vaccination or Negative Covid-19 Test are Required for Admission.

    • Proof of a Covid-19 Vaccination
      Vaccinated participants* will be required to provide a CDC Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card indicating a full course of vaccination was completed—including post-vaccine waiting periods—prior to attending the TCBF. Proof of vaccination may include a hardcopy CDC vaccination card, a photo of the card that matches the participant’s ID, or verification through the Docket appFor information on getting vaccinated for free, please go here.

    • Proof of a Covid-19 Negative Test Result
      Unvaccinated participants* will be required to provide proof of a negative result for a Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of attending the TCBF, i.e. no earlier than Wednesday, October 12. Proof of a negative result may be a hardcopy or digital record that matches the participant’s ID. For information on getting a Covid-19 test, please go here.

    * ‘Participants’ includes attendees, authors, exhibitors, vendors, volunteers, and staff.


In addition to the safety protocols, the TCBF has instituted additional measures to enhance participant safety and help minimize the spread of the virus.

  • Expanded TCBF Layouts
    Since TCBF 2021, our indoor areas have included additional space between exhibitors, vendors, and attendees to provide more distance and minimize close contact encounters.

  • Increased Ventilation
    We’ll be keeping venue doorways open (weather permitting) and employing fans to refresh the interior air as much as possible.

  • Hand Sanitizer
    Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the TCBF venues and restrooms. Additionally, we will be doing frequent restroom cleaning and sanitizing of common surfaces.

  • Outdoor Info Stations, Food Vending, and Seating Areas
    Food vendors will be exclusively via food trucks, and there will be ample seating outdoors for patrons to enjoy. As well, our check-in and information stations will be located outside building entrances to avoid bottlenecks at indoor entry points.

We hope the announcement of these safety protocols and measures provides our readers with the information they need. Please feel free to contact the TCBF staff at bookfest [at] raintaxi.com with any questions.