Joint Statement on the 2021 Nevada County Fair shows community-wide solidarity

“The annual Nevada County Fair is the signature event of the year, bringing together a cross section of our community to celebrate the end of summer. While the Fair will go on this year, we recognize that our community is currently experiencing a dangerous surge of COVID-19 infections, fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant.

“To protect the health and safety of our community, the Nevada County Fair, the Nevada County Public Health Department, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, and health leaders from across the community strongly recommend that all who attend the Fair wear a mask both indoors and outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.

“Furthermore, we strongly recommend that anyone age 65 and over, those with compromised immune systems, and those with underlying health conditions consider not attending the Fair this year.

“Anyone who is in isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test or is in quarantine due to an exposure to someone who has tested positive must not attend the Fair.

“The Nevada County Fair has taken extraordinary measures to protect the health of all fairgoers. We ask that exhibitors, vendors, and visitors do their part to prevent further COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths during this unprecedented time.

Signatories:

Patrick Eidman, Chief Executive Officer, Nevada County Fair

Dr. Brian Evans, CEO and President, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital

Jill Blake, Director, Nevada County Public Health Department

Dr. Scott Kellermann, Public Health Officer, Nevada County Public Health Department

Dr. Glennah Trochet, Deputy Public Health Officer, Nevada County Public Health Department

Dr. Alinea Stevens, Medical Director, Chapa-De Indian Health

Dr. Peter Van Houten, Chief Medical Officer, Sierra Family Health Center

Dr. Ingrid Bauer, Interim Chief Medical Officer, Western Sierra Medical Clinic

Dr. Sarah Woerner, Pediatrician

Dr. Roger Hicks, Medical Director, Yubadocs”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

4 thoughts on “Joint Statement on the 2021 Nevada County Fair shows community-wide solidarity”

  1. More details here from the Nevada County Fairgrounds:

    “After thoughtful consideration and with published guidance from the California Department of Public Health and numerous conversations with Nevada County Public Health, the Nevada County Fairgrounds is confident that the 2021 Nevada County Fair can occur safely. All Fairgoers should carefully consider their own potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 before choosing to attend.
    “Additionally, we strongly encourage fairgoers to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 when attending the Nevada County Fair by wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and washing hands regularly.
    “Anyone who is in isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test or is in quarantine due to an exposure to someone who has tested positive must not attend the Fair.

    “The Fairgrounds are taking the following preventative measures to help support and ensure the safety of Fairgoers:
    -Free masks will be available at all entry gates and in the exhibit halls. Guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks while at the Fair.
    -Ticket sales for arena events will be capped at 80% of capacity to allow for additional space between spectators.
    -A new handwashing trailer will be available for public use at the end of Treat Street, in addition to the permanent bathroom facilities and additional handwashing stations.
    -Evergreen Hall – which served as a sheltering location for animals following the River Fire – will be closed for the 2021 Fair and floriculture/agriculture exhibits will be moved to Northern Mines Building, which has better ventilation and airflow.
    -Ponderosa Hall, the Northern Mines Building, and Tall Pines will be closing early – at 8:00 p.m. – for the duration of the 2021 Fair.
    -A Fairtime favorite – DJs and dancing on the Dance Pad – have been canceled.
    -The vendor booth map – indoors and outdoors – has been significantly altered to help prevent crowding.
    -The rides in the carnival area have been placed to provide additional space between the games and rides to promote and provide for social distancing when in line.
    -Butler amusements will be regularly cleaning/sanitizing the rides, offering hand sanitizer, and strongly recommends that Fair guests wear masks when in the carnival area.
    -Installation of upgraded HVAC filters in Fairgrounds buildings.
    -Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols.
    -Additional space between outdoor seating.

    “The Fairgrounds are deeply committed to the safety and well-being of Fairgoers. We will continue to closely monitor public health guidance from County, State, and Federal officials and update this information as needed.”

  2. The County of Nevada County also issued this statement this afternoon, again emphasizing the precautions that fairgoers must take.

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