Lorain County Fair to go on as scheduled despite calls to cancel amid growing COVID-19 concerns

Lorain County Fair to go on as scheduled despite calls to cancel amid growing COVID-19 concerns
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Organizers from the Lorain County Fair discussed plans for the regional attraction as concerns and cases of COVID-19 continue to increase.

A press conference with the Lorain County Fair Board was held Friday with member Kim Meyers.

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The address from Meyers comes as calls to cancel the Lorain County Fair from area officials, including from the Wellington mayor and Lorain County commissioners, pile up approximately a month before the attraction is set to take place.

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While numerous fairs across Ohio have already been canceled, Gov. Mike DeWine has left the decision whether to operate as planned, under guidelines laid out by the state’s Department of Health, with organizers and local health officials.

Meyers said accommodations are being made to meet state standards. Some of the adjustments include:

  • Limiting attendance
  • Establishing designated exits and entrances
  • Ensuring spacial distancing by making lines to keep traffic moving
  • Workers and food vendors, with the exception of individuals cooking over a grill, will wear masks
  • One-way traffic lanes will be installed in some areas

Visitors not abiding by the state mask order will be asked to leave or turned away at entrances, Meyers said.

The 175th annual Lorain County Fair is scheduled to take place beginning August 23 through August 30.

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