But that’s not the only part of the new plan: City police officers working at the fair would be paid overtime rate as a form of additional officer pay.
“We spoke to all of the board members,” Garrity said. “We tried to find anything that would address their concerns. “
The city manager added, however, that opinions on council can fluctuate and declined to count votes on council.
Mayor Allen Joines said he believed a “firm mask mandate outside and inside” would be a viable solution to holding a safe fair. He said most of the citizens he spoke to favored the future of the fair.
“With people moving around, not side by side for two hours like in a football game, with a strong mask tenure, you should be fine,” Joines said.
Joines said her own opinions were heavily influenced by listening to Dr Christopher Ohl, infectious disease expert at Atrium Wake Forest Baptist Health, and Joshua Swift, county health director.
Both told the general government committee of the city council that they felt the risks associated with holding the fair were outweighed by the benefits the community would receive from being able to go out and enjoy the fair.
Board members Robert Clark, Kevin Mundy and Annette Scippio have expressed support for the fair being held, while members DD Adams and Jeff MacIntosh have said they are against it. Other members did not give notice during the meeting or could not be reached afterwards.