COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said Thursday that he expects county fairs to be fully open this year.

He said there could be some limitations for grandstand attractions.

Social distancing will be required, along with mask wearing.

The Ohio Fair Managers Executive Board has been talking with the governor about safety guidelines.

On Wednesday, the group sent an email to all fair presidents to plan on having a full fair this year.

“The odds are 95% better that you are going to have a full fair. Don’t under-schedule and then try to catch up. It’s much easier to have it scheduled and have to back off,” said Rodney Arter, Fair Board Association president.

The Ohio Fair Managers Association is recommending 50% capacity in the grandstands and is encouraging online ticket sales for rides.

It is discouraging large gatherings in the midways, and wants six feet of social distancing around concession stands and games.