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Local officials wait to see if and when guidelines change for the State Fair as rates for positive Covid-19 cases climb

The Great New York State Fair is set to begin in a couple of weeks, and hundreds of thousands from all over the state, country and even world are expected to be attendance.

Ben Walsh, Mayor of Syracuse, stated he is concerned with the way Covid-19 case numbers are rising.

This will be the first fair in two years due to the cancellation last year when the positivity rate for cases was 4.33%.

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On April 26 of this year it was announced that the fair would happen at 50% capacity with masks when the positivity rate was at 2.39%.

On June 14 it was announced that the fair would go on at full capacity with the positivity rate reaching 0.35%.

Now that the time has come, the positivity rate is again up to 2.69% for the state and the guidelines have not changed.

Assemblyman Al Stirpe supported the capacity and guidelines changing in June, but now believes there should be adjustments.

Walsh said the data shows that plans need to be changed, and the state needs to be open to that.

While guidance from the state regarding that fair has not been released yet, Stirpe and Walsh both believe the state is open to it.

Update: The state’s daily average is now over 3% as of August 7.



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