In-Depth: Cuomo says changing COVID numbers are behind unclear festival and fair guidance |

In-Depth: Cuomo says changing COVID numbers are behind unclear festival and fair guidance

Updated: May 12, 2021 04:06 PM
Created: May 12, 2021 03:58 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — While some outdoor summer events, like Fairport Canal Days, are still on, many outdoor festivals and fairs were already canceled this year.

Organizers say it's because of a lack of guidance from the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was asked what's taking so long during a briefing in Buffalo Wednesday.

"We did the State/County fair guidance," Cuomo said. "That fair guidance will apply to these other events, but the situation is changing so quickly. The situation is changing quickly, and we want to make these events more economic. If you can't bring in enough people then the vendors don't want to show up."

He also said the biggest problem has been getting vendors to sign on.

"We could not say to the vendors, we can get you x-percent capacity. And the vendors have said to us, if we can't get x-percent, then we're not coming," Cuomo said. "If you can't increase the capacity to their economic threshold, it doesn't work. And up until now for many venues, we've been below the economic threshold."

Cuomo released that guidance on April 26. News10NBC interviewed organizers of some area firemen's carnivals that same day, and they said they were unsure of how that guidance would affect them.

Cuomo said the numbers are different now.

"Now with these numbers, I believe we can make it economical for almost every venue," Cuomo said.

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza have called on the governor to issue updated, clear guidance specific to outdoor festivals.

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