WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WBZ Newsradio) – The New England Great State Fair, more commonly known as The Big E, kicked off Friday with a masking requirement requested by the city.
The West Springfield Board of Health voted earlier in the week for an indoor mask mandate in all city buildings regardless of vaccination status.
Per instructions of the board, the fair is requiring masks or face coverings in all buildings and indoor spaces for all people over the age of two.
“The Big E adheres to current Massachusetts and City of West Springfield Covid-19 regulations and guidance and has taken action to protect the health and well-being of our customers and employees,” the festival said.
The fair’s safety plan established cleaning and disinfecting protocols throughout the grounds as well as hand washing and hand sanitizer stations.
The Board of Health will revisit the issue next month depending on the number of Covid cases in the area. The Big E is also telling festival goers to stay home if they feel sick.
The Big E runs from September 17 to October 3.
WBZ’s Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) has more on what to expect when it comes to the fair's entertainment: