Not Fair: MLG’s conflicting COVID rules for State Fair/Pride Fest illustrate hypocrisy

There has justifiably been a great deal of discussion/controversy over Gov. Lujan Grisham’s recently-imposed rules requiring vaccinations at the upcoming New Mexico State Fair.

And if you think Gov. Lujan Grisham is somehow basing her decisions on “science” and ensuring that everyone is vaccinated, the fact that  ABQ Pride Fest JUST held its festival at…Expo New Mexico (the State Fairgrounds) with NO vaccine (or testing) requirement should illustrate who the Gov. favors and who she doesn’t.

According to the Gov.’s vaccination order for the Fair, youth who are eligible for the COVID vaccine (12 years or older) must be vaccinated or tested within 48 hours of attending the Fair. The timing of that announcement left little opportunity for those young people who were willing to get the vaccine to actually do so in advance of the Fair which begins on September 9.

Of course, regardless of vaccination status, masks are still required indoors which is yet another dubious rule if all the adults in attendance are vaccinated.  As this excellent piece by Daniel Chacon of the Santa Fe New Mexican notes, there is a great deal of frustration among parents and families of children being impacted. It is also enough to give a headache to policy experts and parents alike.

The most relevant text of the Gov.’s order on the Fair is below:

2021 New Mexico State Fair