West Michigan County Fairs Implement Safety Precautions to Prevent COVID-19 Outbreaks
County fairs kicked off in western Michigan, after many were suspended in 2020 due to the coronavirus.
As COVID-19 transmission rises in Michigan, health officials warn of another possible shutdown.
âWe’re a 501c3 and not having a fair last year has really hurt our fair and our economy,â said Keith Bildner, president of Branch County Fair. “It’s great to be back and to find the kids and see them having fun.”
At the Branch County Fair, most of the attractions were outdoors, where people can practice social distancing.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Branch County currently has high transmission of COVID-19.
Bildner said his team was working with the local health department on COVID-19 mitigation.
âWe are trying to be safe. We’ve always been biosecure around barns with disinfection, but we’ve doubled them everywhere, âBildner said. âIn addition, our transport company has hand sanitizing stations halfway through. “
Bildner said the masks aren’t mandatory at the fair, but they’ve given them away to guests who want one. Health officials said they were encouraging people to hide indoors.
The Calhoun County Fair was scheduled to start on August 14. Organizers said they expected to attract more than 90,000 people.
Health officials have said that with the increase in COVID-19 cases, they hope to prevent outbreaks during these big events by people taking safety precautions.
Bildner said he is happy the county fairs are back and hopes everyone can stay safe.
âThe kids have been locked up for a year, having fun and wanting to show off what they’re doing, their exhibits, their crafts, their animals,â Bildner said. . “
The Branch County Fair is scheduled to run through Saturday, August 14.