Ticket booth at the fair

Ticket booth at the fair

Hosting the Eastern Idaho State Fair poses many risks and concerns to the local community.

The major concerns with the fair are the social distancing guidelines from so many people being in a confined space at one time, as well as making masks mandatory due to the very hot temperatures.

But a critical point about the Eastern Idaho State Fair is that it attracts people from across the nation - potentially from other states that are currently Covid-19 hot-spots and that creates problems for the local community.

Some may say that if you're worried about Covid-19 don't attend the fair, but those who are worried will interact with others in the community who may have gone to the fair.

Maggie Mann, District Director, Southeastern Idaho Public Health said, "Bringing that type of event into the community, it's potentially making those other day-today activities sort of higher risk as well."

Another meeting is scheduled for this afternoon between Mayor Marc Carroll, Maggie Mann, the District Director for Southeastern Idaho Public Health, and Brandon Bird, the Fair Director.

The decision on the fair is still currently pending.


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