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DeWine expects Ohio to have full county fairs this year


Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he anticipates full county fairs to happen in Ohio this year.At a news conference Thursday, the governor said he’s been talking with a number of county fair board members, particularly those who have fairs in June, which is the first month of county fairs in Ohio.According to DeWine, based upon the present COVID-19 data in the state, he expects Ohio to have full county fairs. The governor will be releasing guidance soon regarding safety at county fairs. There will be a limitation to the number of people allowed in the grandstands, social distancing must be maintained and masks must be worn at the fairs, the governor said.DeWine said fair organizers must place signs throughout the fairs to remind people about social distancing and mask wearing.”That’s the way it looks today. It certainly is possible that by the time we get to the second month of fairs, or even possibly the first month of fairs in June, we may be off the health orders,” DeWine said. “We don’t know. So we hope things continue to go well.”Therefore, the county fair guidelines the governor is releasing Thursday could be changed by summer, but COVID-19 data will need to be evaluated at that time.The governor also said festivals, parades, graduations and proms will be able to happen this year. He anticipates releasing guidelines for these events sometime next week.”The good news is we will be able to do them this year,” DeWine said. “This year is a better year than last year. We have the vaccine. We’re on offense. We’re moving forward.”During Thursday’s news conference, DeWine gave the green light for spring sports, loosening quarantine restrictions for student-athletes.The governor said that high school sports athletes will no longer have to quarantine due to incidental exposure to COVID-19 in the classroom.Those students can participate in sports, the governor said, as long as they do not have symptoms and follow appropriate sports guidance.A previous order said that if a student was exposed, they would not have to quarantine from schools, but they would have to quarantine from extracurriculars.“What we’re saying today is no longer will they have to quarantine from those sports or extracurriculars,” the governor said.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he anticipates full county fairs to happen in Ohio this year.

At a news conference Thursday, the governor said he’s been talking with a number of county fair board members, particularly those who have fairs in June, which is the first month of county fairs in Ohio.

According to DeWine, based upon the present COVID-19 data in the state, he expects Ohio to have full county fairs. The governor will be releasing guidance soon regarding safety at county fairs. There will be a limitation to the number of people allowed in the grandstands, social distancing must be maintained and masks must be worn at the fairs, the governor said.

DeWine said fair organizers must place signs throughout the fairs to remind people about social distancing and mask wearing.

“That’s the way it looks today. It certainly is possible that by the time we get to the second month of fairs, or even possibly the first month of fairs in June, we may be off the health orders,” DeWine said. “We don’t know. So we hope things continue to go well.”

Therefore, the county fair guidelines the governor is releasing Thursday could be changed by summer, but COVID-19 data will need to be evaluated at that time.

The governor also said festivals, parades, graduations and proms will be able to happen this year. He anticipates releasing guidelines for these events sometime next week.

“The good news is we will be able to do them this year,” DeWine said. “This year is a better year than last year. We have the vaccine. We’re on offense. We’re moving forward.”

During Thursday’s news conference, DeWine gave the green light for spring sports, loosening quarantine restrictions for student-athletes.

The governor said that high school sports athletes will no longer have to quarantine due to incidental exposure to COVID-19 in the classroom.

Those students can participate in sports, the governor said, as long as they do not have symptoms and follow appropriate sports guidance.

A previous order said that if a student was exposed, they would not have to quarantine from schools, but they would have to quarantine from extracurriculars.

“What we’re saying today is no longer will they have to quarantine from those sports or extracurriculars,” the governor said.

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