State releases additional guidance for local fairs, festivals

County fairs and local festivals can go on this year, but must follow health and safety guidelines set by the state.

Posted: May 17, 2021 4:32 PM
Updated: May 17, 2021 5:02 PM

County fairs and local festivals can go on this year, but must follow health and safety guidelines set by the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says capacity limits for the events will be based on the space available to maintain social distancing, unless organizers require proof of full vaccination before entry. This applies to all events with more than 5,000 attendees.

Outdoor mask requirements will be up to each event organizer, but masks must be required for unvaccinated people indoors and in certain crowded settings.

The new rules are based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The state also released the following guidelines and considerations for this year's events:

  • Attendee Contact Information: Encourage at least one attendee from each party to sign in during ticketing, or before or immediately upon entering the event space, providing their name, address and phone number for use in potential contact tracing efforts.
  • Health Screening: Must implement health screening for all individuals including questions on any COVID-19 symptoms, close contacts, recent positive COVID-19 test result, and compliance with state's travel advisory. Screening may be performed via signage, at ticket purchase, by e-mail/website, by telephone, or by electronic survey before individuals enter the event space.
  • Hand Hygiene: Must provide hand washing stations or hand sanitizing supplies for common areas and areas where hand washing facilities may not be available or practical.
  • Cleaning and Disinfection: Regularly clean and disinfect, focusing on high-traffic areas, such as restrooms, and frequently touched surfaces, such as service counters and seats.
  • Communication: Post signage informing attendees of health precautions (e.g., social distancing, masks, hand hygiene) and distance markers indicating six-foot spaces in areas where lines form or people congregate, unless all attendees are fully vaccinated.
  • Applicable Guidance: Consult the state's guidance for their specific activities and attractions, such as performing arts and entertainment, amusement and family entertainment, food and beverage service, retail and market service, agricultural activities and sports and recreation.

The new guidance came just after the governor announced New York would adopt the new CDC guidance allowing fully vaccinated people to ditch the masks indoors.

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