Officials to discuss possible mask mandate for West Springfield as Big E fair nears

Hampden County

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Health and city officials will decide in the upcoming days whether to mandate masks at this year’s Big E. 

West Springfield Mayor Will Reichelt confirmed with 22News that the Board of Health will have a hearing in two weeks to discuss whether to put a mask mandate in place for the 17-day fair that is known to bring thousands of visitors from all over to the area. 

The town’s health director, Jeanne Galloway, said the proposed mask mandate will be for the entire town and a date has not been scheduled for the meeting.

The Big E was cancelled last year due to COVID safety concerns. Fair organizers and the city decided to go forward with this year’s fair after Massachusetts lifted its State of Emergency. 

This year’s Big E will be held from September 17 through October 3, at full capacity. 

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