Health and Safety Protocols

We are aware that several state and local government agencies are lifting mask requirements.  However properly-worn mask will remain a requirement for attendance at all Canine Companions events, even though local guidelines may differ.  Let's help keep each other healthy!

We will continue to follow enhanced health and safety measures-for DogFest participants, staff, volunteers and vendors. Please know that we will monitor CDC and local health guidelines related to COVID-19 and will make updates based on guidance from health authorities. We reserve the right to deny entry into a DogFest event to anyone not wearing a mask.  Thank you.   

You must follow all posted instructions while attending DogFest Orlando.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and attendees with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By attending DogFest Orlando, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

To ensure the health and safety of all DogFest Orlando attendees, the following health and safety protocols will be followed by staff, volunteers, vendors and participants:

  • ​Face mask must be worn at all times (age 2+). The mask must cover both your nose and mouth.
  • Maintain a distance of 6+ feet from those outside your home cohort. Signage will be placed throughout DogFest as a reminder. Vendors may only have two customers in their booth space at any given time.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available.
  • If you are experiencing or have been in contact with someone who is experiencing the following symptoms or has been diagnosed with COVID-19, please do not attend DogFest in person. We'd love to have you join us online for the virtual component. This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

We will be monitoring attendance to ensure capacity allows for adherence to the distancing requirements.

Canine Companions dogs at events.

Service animals may need to be around other people and animals while working. When possible, both the handler and the animal should stay at least 6 feet away from others.

When possible, do not take a service animal or a puppy into settings in which people are infected with COVID-19 or facilities where you cannot prevent interactions with people who may have COVID-19.

Clean and disinfect animal collars, vests, leashes or harnesses, and other supplies frequently.

Do not wipe or bathe service animals with chemical disinfectants, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or any other products not approved for animal use. There is no evidence that the virus can spread to people from the skin, fur, or hair of pets.

Note: These protocols may change as conditions warrant.