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Fair events jeopardize health of community

| August 9, 2020 1:00 AM

We are at a significant juncture in our community as we stand approximately a month before the scheduled start of the school year. Unfortunately, the timing of the Northwest Montana Fair is the weekend before this start date.

Last year, 80,000 people attended the fair. This year, as we are one of the only county’s in the state currently proposing to have all events (rodeo, concert, carnival, etc.), one might anticipate that even more may be drawn to our community.

As members of the health-care community, we urgently request that the county Health Board require the fair be significantly scaled down as other communities have done. We can certainly celebrate the efforts of the 4-H participants while still protecting the health of our community. The proposed plan of carnival rides and large crowds during the COVID-19 pandemic with rapidly rising cases in our county is dangerous to our community and jeopardizes our plans to send our children back to school for in-person learning this fall.

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