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Cuomo says New York State Fair would be difficult to hold unless Northeast largely passed COVID-19

Governor Andrew Cuomo signaled on Tuesday that it doesn’t appear likely New York could hold a state fair.

“Breaks my heart, but they can’t, unless it’s done statewide,” he said about the Great New York State Fair, which has seen record-setting attendance. “Unless it’s done, not just statewide, but with our neighboring states.”

His concern is that people will come from neighboring states if restrictions have not been lifted there.

He didn’t say that it wouldn’t happen at all, which leaves the door open – albeit slightly – to having a 2020 state fair.

Cuomo went into greater detail than in past days on Tuesday about his reopening strategy for New York. The region-by-region approach will include phases.

At the end of the day though, New York State officials say the big challenge is preventing what Cuomo described as an ‘attractive nuisance’.

Things that attract people from outside the region cannot reopen until the entire state, and neighboring states, is free of COVID-19, or the risk associated with it.



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