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Oklahoma State Fair Won’t Enforce Masks, But Will Have Vaccination Booth

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The Oklahoma State Fair is back this year, but mask wearing will not be enforced. Instead, it will be promoting vaccinations.

The state fair, which runs Sept. 16-26, will offer vaccinations through Passport Health in the Bennet Event Center during five days of the fair. Attendees can sign up online.

The state fair will be taking some new COVID-19 precautions like optional contactless entry, electric midway coupons and hand sanitizing stations. Scott Munz, a fair spokesman, says it would be too difficult to enforce a mask requirement.

“Right now, there's no mask mandate in order,” Munz said. “So for us to try to do that or try to invoke a mask mandate would be extremely difficult because people don't feel compelled to follow that request if it's not an official mandate of the city.”

Munz said the fair has about a $100 million economic impact in Oklahoma. In 2019, approximately 900,000 people attended.

This report was produced by the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange, a collaboration of public media organizations. Help support collaborative journalism by donating at the link at the top of this webpage.

Seth Bodine joined KOSU in June 2020, focusing on agriculture and rural issues.
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