The 2020 New York State Fair has officially been cancelled due to COVID-19, a decision many anticipated prior to yesterday’s confirmation by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
He also said the state health department is finalizing guidance on the possible reopening of schools in September.
That process is being helped along by the governor’s specially appointed Reimagine Education Advisory Council, a group that includes TC3 President Dr. Orinthia Montague and Cornell President Martha Pollack.
Schools have already been working to develop and submit their individual reopening plans for state approval, while a decision on whether to to allow students to return to campus is still being made.
Governor Cuomo also announced that casinos and movie theaters will currently remain closed as the state government continues to review the science and facts on their safe reopening.
“On casinos and movie theaters, we’re still looking at the data, but for now they’re going to be closed. We are not going to open the State Fair in Syracuse. This is a really tough one,” said Cuomo. “We have a fantastic State Fair in Syracuse. We’ve invested a lot of money. We’ve had record attendance, 1.3 million people last year, we broke the attendance record. This year we’re going to have to cancel it and that makes me personally very unhappy, but that is where we are.”