SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WWNY) - “The Fair must go on.”
That was the announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday from the New York State Fairgrounds just outside Syracuse.
“This year the fair is going to go on,” he said. “We have to understand the reality that we’re dealing with, but the fair will go on for the full 18 days.”
The governor said the country’s oldest and third-largest state fair will run from August 20 to September 6.
“We want the vendors, we want the public to know now that we are going to have our state fair,” he said.
There will be some new rules in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, although the governor believes they will be loosened by the time the fair opens.
“I believe they’re going to be adjusted up by the time we get to the actual fair date,” he said, especially if conditions stay on pace with where they are now.
“If we keep that COVID positivity going down, we keep the vaccination rate going up,” Cuomo said, “you’re going to see more and more economic activity and you’ll see that here at the state fair, also”
As of now, attendance will be limited to 50 percent capacity and the fair will be set up in four separate areas -- food and beverages, amusement rides, concerts, and agricultural exhibits -- to help keep track of crowd sizes.
The governor also announced increased occupancy limits for a variety of other venues.
Outdoor stadiums will go from 20 to 33 percent of capacity, offices from 50 to 75 percent, casinos from 25 to 50 percent, and gyms and fitness clubs from 33 to 50 percent.