CDHD comfortable with State Fair happening during COVID-19 pandemic

Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 9:02 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Nebraska State Fair Board announced a limited version of the 2020 fair on Tuesday. Even with many factors not present this year, people are concerned about it bringing a second round of COVID-19 to Grand Island. The Central District Health Department doesn’t share that concern.

CDHD Director Teresa Anderson said she has worked with the board for the last few months on the plan they presented Monday. With all the changes and precautions, Anderson said she expects it to be another great year at the fair.

“If we can just keep it to a level where there’s not as much crowding and where the events are spread out so you’re six feet apart, then I think we can go about it safely,” Anderson told Local4 News. “It will be different, but it will be safe.”

Officials said with Fonner Park being as big as it is, spreading out shouldn’t be an issue. The board is also talking about putting walking lanes on the ground to help keep people from walking too close to each other.

“This year it’s going to be very much different. I think if we can just say this is for this year, let’s make these accommodations then next year at this time we should surely, I think, have a vaccine that will be protecting us and let us open up a little bit and be freer.”

Officials are also recommending all the usual precautions like wearing a mask and keeping your hands clean while at the fair this year.

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