Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines has instituted a mask mandate for everyone attending the Carolina Classic Fair. The mayor has also ordered that face coverings be worn at Winston-Salem State University football games.

Joines' order reinforces the City Council's decision to require Carolina Classic Fair patrons to wear face coverings at the event. Visitors will be required to wear masks and follow safety protocols both indoors and outdoors, including on rides. The mandate extends to fair workers and vendors.

The Carolina Classic, which will run October 1 through the 10, traditionally draws tens of thousands of people to the fairgrounds in Winston-Salem.

Winston-Salem State University has already declared that those attending home games at Bowman Gray Stadium must wear masks. According to a city news release, Joines included the games in his order to support the university's requirement.

The declaration states that anyone who violates the mandate will be asked to leave the events without being entitled to a refund.

The order does list several exemptions that include religious beliefs and medical conditions.

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