Cuomo on State Fair “If There’s A Way To Open It Safely, We Will”
The pandemic canceled a lot of things New Yorkers were looking forward to in 2020. The State Fair was one of those things, and "out of an abundance of caution," it was not held like originally planned.
Fast forward to 2021 and it seems like we're heading in the right direction. People all over the US are getting vaccinated, things are beginning to reopen and we're starting to think about the future. On Monday, February 22, Governor Cuomo expressed his hopes of being able to hold the New York State Fair this year.
"If there's a way to open it safely, we will," the governor told reporters. “I personally love the fair. I love what we’ve done with the fair," said Cuomo, mentioning the record attendance we've seen in years past.
The state recently began giving green lights for many things to begin operating normally. Weddings will be allowed to resume with guests, movie theaters will be allowed to reopen, and nursing homes can welcome visitors.
Experts have said previously large gatherings like the fair and other big summer events in central New York are probably going to be the last thing that returns from the pandemic.
If the fair does get the stamp of approval, it will be held from August 20 - September 6, 2021. Back in 2019, 1,329,275 guests were in attendance. Amid the pandemic, the fair held virtual events last year.
Would you like to see the fair be held? If so, do you think it can be done safely? Let us know your thoughts inside our station app.
LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions
While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.