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The Minnesota State Fair announced Wednesday that masks are encouraged, but not required, at this year's event. 

The fair said on their website that anyone older than two-years-old is encouraged to wear masks regardless if they are indoors or outdoors. Some independent vendor booths may required masks at their booth. 

"We understand that by urging rather than requiring people to follow current guidance, many of our usual fair fans will not be comfortable attending," the update said. "We ask that those who attend do so because they are willing to follow our health guidance – not because it’s mandated, but because it’s the right thing to do."

The fair said they hope people will "make an informed decision about attending the fair," encouraging people to monitor the Minnesota Department of Health website for updates on COVID-19. 

Vaccines will be available for anyone 12 and older at the fair. The Minnesota Department of Health, Ramsey County and Homeland Health will offer free vaccines in the North End Event Center with no identification or insurance required. 

For more information on Wednesday's update, visit the following link

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