Minnesota State Fair may require masks indoors, possible capacity limits

(KSTP) – As COVID-19 spreads and the delta variant causes concern, the Minnesota State Fair could opt for a mask mandate when it comes to indoor facilities at the fairgrounds. Additionally, fair organizers could impose a capacity limit.

The fair opens three weeks from Thursday, on Aug. 26.

General Manager Jerry Hammer told KSTP that "all options are being considered at this time." However, no formal decision has been made as of Tuesday.

Many businesses, such as Target, Walmart, Cub, and other venues and institutions in the state, like First Avenue and the University of Minnesota, have announced mask mandates in response to the rapid spread of the highly contagious delta variant and corresponding rise in infections.

"The Minnesota State Fair continues to monitor current guidance from federal and state officials," Hammer said in a statement, in part.

The fair will continue to provide updates on this year’s event here.