County Fairs and Animal Exhibitions at County Fairgrounds
On June 16, 2020, Lance Himes, Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Health issued Director's Order that Reopens County Fairs and Animal Exhibitions, with Exceptions.
County Fairs are permitted to reopen within the State so long as all safety standards are met. Animal exhibitions on county fairgrounds, whether currently closed or open, are also permitted to be held and should comply with the guidance in this Order and any other applicable Director of Health Orders. Businesses and operations shall continue to comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Order, including by maintaining six-foot social distancing for both employees and members of the public when possible, including, but not limited to, when anyone is standing in line.
While COVID-19 has made it impossible to hold fairs in the way we have in the past, they are of such importance to communities that every effort should be made to preserve the Junior Fair competitions and exhibits, as well as the open class (open to adults) events and competitions. Ohio Department of Health created guidance to ensure a safe event that discourages large gatherings of people on the midway or other parts of the fairgrounds.
- Responsible ReStart Ohio: County and Independent Fairs (UPDATED 06/09/2020)
- The Fair Advisory Group guidance to ReStart
Other Fairs, Festivals and Parades
Please note in accordance with the Ohio Department of Health Director's Second Order to Extend the Expiration Date of Various Orders (dated July 7, 2020) and the Director's Updated and Revised Order for Business Guidance and Social Distancing (dated May 29, 2020), at this time other Fairs, Festivals, Carnivals and Parades remain closed as part of Ohio's plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In the June 23, 2020 News Release, Lt. Governor Husted noted today that Independence Day fireworks shows can proceed, but large gatherings are still prohibited at this time. He encouraged any community that plans on holding a fireworks event to do so safely. Spectators are encouraged to find ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in small groups such as by watching displays from their porches, backyards, or cars.