OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A family fun fair is planned for Bricktown this weekend and some people are concerned, given the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.
Over the weekend, Bricktown OKC announced a free family fun fair planned for next weekend.
Some people around OKC think it’s a bit soon for a fair due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases.
“I don’t think it should happen,” Keterah Roane told News 4.
“I’m passed 65. So I am going to stay away,” Charlotte Donahue said.
Comments on social media started pouring in after the event was first announced.
One person wrote on Twitter, “This doesn’t seem like a particularly good idea in the middle of a worsening pandemic.”
Another twitter user wrote, “Rebranded: CovidTown Family Fun Fair!! (Come for the Rides and Attractions – leave with Covid-19. Fun for ALL ages, but a SPECIAL TREAT FOR SENIORS!)”
Other people News 4 spoke with are all for it.
“I think it’s a good idea. They’re outdoors. Use their common sense. I think we got too much fear going on,” Charlotte Etchison told News 4.
“I think it should be alright as long as you’re outside,” Misty Stewart said.
The event’s operator told News 4 they will have precautions in place.
“All of our employees wear masks and gloves. We have 20 hand sanitizing stations that we put around,” Gary Montgomery said.
They will also have sanitizer on the rides and signage reminding people to practice social distancing.
Masks will be encouraged, but not required.
“If you’re comfortable coming out fine, if you’re not, that’s fine also,” Montgomery said.
With 1,401 new COVID-19 cases reported by the OSDH on Monday, health experts warn people attending any large event right now to be cautious.
“Any time you bring crowds of people together in close circumstances, particularly if they’re not wearing masks, you increase the risk that one person can infect another,” OU Medicine’s Dr. Dale Bratzler said.
The Bricktown Family Fun Fair will be open from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. beginning Thursday.
UPDATE: Bricktown OKC announced that it was postponing the Bricktown Fun Fair until 2021.
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