1. Will the Big E be held in 2020? Fears of coronavirus ‘super-spreader’ events could force cancellation of signature event

    Will the Big E be held in 2020? Fears of coronavirus ‘super-spreader’ events could force cancellation of signature event

    Long before coronavirus became an international health crisis, before workplaces were closed and schools transitioned to virtual learning, planning for this year’s Big E was underway. It takes about 18 months to plan the annual 17-day fair in West Springfield and as of early May, organizational efforts for the 2020 fair are “about 90% complete,” Eastern State Exposition President and CEO Eugene J. Cassidy told MassLive.

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    1. All the entertainment is booked. Concessionaires are anxious to get there.
    2. Breaks my heart, but they can't, unless it's done statewide, and unless it's done not just statewide, but with our neighboring states.
    3. We agree with the governor that the safety of the public comes first.
    4. You need to create an environment to remind people they cannot be on top of each other.
    5. You can't legislate 6 feet between people.
    6. Some things can't be regulated without putting them out of business. In some large measure, events are one of those things.
    7. There's a reason why we have 20 hotels and motels here.
    8. If there's some Draconian regulations that take away the liberties of the citizen, it's going to cause businesses to fail.
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