Tupelo city attorney said fair doesn't go against governor's social gathering order

Despite the pandemic, thousands of people are expected to gather at the Tupelo Fair.

Posted: Oct 23, 2020 6:10 PM
Updated: Oct 23, 2020 6:14 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Despite the pandemic, thousands of people are expected to gather at the Tupelo Fair.

The fair will be in the large parking lot of the BancorpSouth Arena.

RelatedTupelo Fair kicking off Friday with restrictions

But does this go against the governor's guidelines?

Reporter Alexis Jones spoke with City of Tupelo attorney Ben Logan about the event.

"It's fluid,” he said. “It depends on the size of the venue and the activities that are going on."

Logan said up to 3,000 people are allowed to enter the Tupelo Fair at one time.

Logan said the event doesn't go against Gov. Tate Reeves’ guidelines for outside gatherings.

Earlier this week, the governor placed restrictions on nine counties to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Lee County is among the nine counties in which masks are required and indoor social gatherings are to be limited to groups of 10. Outdoor social gathering should be limited to groups of 50.

RelatedChickasaw, Itawamba, Lee counties under mask mandate, governor announced Monday

He said 3,000 is 25 percent of the capacity of the arena’s parking lot and is OK as long as people practice social distancing.

Logan said those who attend should avoid being in groups of 50 or more.

What about Halloween trick-or-treating in Tupelo? The city is not discouraging trick-or-treating.

Logan said Halloween events the city usually sponsors, like “Trunk-or-Treat,” have been canceled this year.

Logan said whether you are going to the fair or trick-or-treating, to please social distance, sanitize your hands and wear a mask.

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