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COVID-19 mitigations at Du Quoin State Fair: What you need to know

Du Quoin Call staff report
updated: 8/28/2021 7:03 PM

The Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois Department of Agriculture have released mitigations to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant during Du Quoin State Fair.

• All fair attendees, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks in public indoor settings, including First Heat, Second Heat, SI Center and Expo Hall.

• All Grandstand concertgoers must wear masks to all performances. Masks will be provided at the grandstand upon entrance as well as in other locations throughout the fairgrounds; they must be worn over the nose and mouth indoors and for the duration of all grandstand performances.

• Fairgoers who are unvaccinated are encouraged to wear masks at all times while attending the fair.

• People who are sick or are having symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain or sore throat, are asked to not attend the fair.

• Masks are encouraged for participants and attendees of the Twilight Parade.

"The safety of our attendees has and will always be our first priority at the Du Quoin State Fair," said Jerry Costello II, Illinois Director of Agriculture. "We will continue to offer a world-class entertainment and agricultural showcase while prioritizing the health and safety of attendees."

• Carnival workers, vendors and concessionaires are required to wear masks and are responsible for assisting in the cleaning of adjacent sitting and picnic table areas.

• Carnival workers will use fogger machines with a 72-hour disinfectant on all rides.

• Fogger machines will be used to clean the Grandstand and Expo Hall every evening.

• The fair will have dedicated crews to frequently clean the "high touch" areas, including restrooms, barns and common eating areas.

• There are hand-washing stations, plus mounted and portable hand sanitizers throughout the grounds.

Get tested, vaxxed

The Illinois Department of Public Health will have vaccination and testing sites on Main Street and Midway Drive inside the fairgrounds.

Both are open noon to 9 p.m. every day of the fair, Aug. 27 to Sept. 6.

Vaccines available will be the one-dose Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine, and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Johnson & Johnson is authorized only for people 18 and older, while Pfizer-BioNTech is authorized for ages 12 and older.

People should bring a photo ID, but proof immigration status is not required.

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