Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced yesterday the state will issue new guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic regarding fairs, festivals, expos and parades with social distancing in place. It does not include Knox County, as it is under its own reopening plan.
The new guidelines also apply to close contact services, gyms and recreation activities and “focus on social distancing rather than strict capacity limits.”
Under the new measures, venues hosting fairs, parades and other high-capacity events should “implement measures to encourage social distancing, reduce occupancy and crowd density, encourage the use of cloth face coverings and increase sanitization.”
The Cumberland County Fair Association announced a few days ago the 2020 fair would not take place in August because it would be near impossible to have social distancing in place. The association also added the coronavirus took a toll financially on vendors scheduled to be at the fair.
Fairs in Anderson and Putnam County will not take place this year for the same reasons.