Unlike other venues for large gatherings, such as sports arenas or stadiums, the South Florida Fairgrounds is differentiable along the following lines:
1. The fair can manage and reduce capacity at more than 30 different physical locations or points on the grounds to allow for appropriate social distancing.
2. Most of the fair’s grounds entertainment for 2021 is outdoors.
3. Fairgrounds dining will occur outside.
4. Exposure time between non-same-household sheltering family members is somewhat limited and is completely controllable by the fair’s guests themselves.
5. The fair’s buildings include several fully enclosed exhibit halls with HVAC systems, roofed structures with no sidewalls and structured tents with sidewalls, doors and HVAC services.
6. Based on prior surveys, nearly 90% of the fair’s attendance is made up of families who live in the same home and thus do not need to be physically distanced from each other.
7. The fair’s guests freely move throughout the outdoor portion of the fairgrounds as opposed to sitting in a single location for an extended period of time. The buildings, barns and tents will be set up for appropriate social distancing.
8. The fair’s largest buildings include several fully enclosed exhibit halls with plasma air quality systems as part of their HVAC systems. Expo West includes the new addition of touchless automatic doors to reduce hand/surface contact.
The principles and considerations outlined in this document were compiled with information from other fairs, outdoor attractions, amusement, agriculture, livestock exposition, food service, and commercial vendor industry trade associations including the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA), National Independent Concessionaires Association (NICA) and International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), among other sources.