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The State Fair of Texas Is Just Around The Corner. Here Are Some Tips For Staying Healthy And Safe.

In this photo, you can see the iconic Fair Park Ferris wheel. The Ferris wheel is light blue. It has the word 'Texas' spelled out across it. And in the center is a Texas flag. This photo has been used to share the news that a new park will soon be built on Fair Park grounds.
Keren Carrión
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KERA News
The State Fair of Texas opens Sept. 24, 2021.

We're a month out from the opening of the State Fair of Texas, and fair officials have released health safety guidelines for fairgoers.

Officials first recommend getting fully vaccinated. Proof will not be required, nor will a recent negative COVID-19 test, to attend the fair. Fair officials encourage those who are not vaccinated to talk with their doctor before making plans to attend.

Dallas County Health and Human Services will be offering free vaccines during the fair at Big Tex Circle from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dallas County is also offering $20 in State Fair food and ride coupons to those attendees who get vaccinated during the fair.

State Fair officials have these health and safety suggestions for fairgoers:

  • Make an informed decision about attending the fair. Consider your health situation and how you can keep you and your family safe and healthy.
  • Wear a face covering. Plan to bring a mask for you and those going with you. Fair officials suggest everyone wear a mask indoors and outdoors in crowds. Plus, some independent vendors may require you to wear a mask at their booth.
  • Face masks are required on public transit. A reminder that federal regulations require all passengers over the age of 2 on public transportation to wear masks while waiting for and riding on a train.
  • Social distance. Fair officials have created more space in some high-traffic areas and are adding more outdoor seating to make it easier to give space between groups.
  • Consider attending on a weekday. Monday through Friday tend to be less crowded than weekends, plus weekdays have many discount admission offers.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently. The State Fair has more than 500 free hand sanitizer stations throughout the fairgrounds.
  • Stay home if you're not feeling well or have contact with a person with COVID-19.
  • Practice patience and respect for others. The Texas state motto is friendship, after all.

Visit these websites for more information on how to protect yourself from COVID-19:

CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

CDC guidelines for non-vaccinated individuals:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Texas Department of State Health Services: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/ for more information.