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Going Direct: Sun ’n Fun Day One Went Great. Except For One Thing.

The crowds were much lighter than organizers seemed to expect, which was good. But safety protocols broke down big time in one location. Then again, maybe that’s the whole idea? And how much should we care?

SNF 2021 Regulations

On opening day of Sun ’n Fun 2021, when SNF president John Leenhouts explained the protocols for the exhibit buildings—the most problematic spaces on the field as far as enforcing social distancing—he said something that got my attention. And not only me. The plan, he explained, was to require a mask for entry, and after that it would be between the exhibitors and the attendees how they wanted to handle things. So in other words, Sun ’n Fun was enforcing the wearing of masks for the 10 ten feet that the attendee needed to cover in order to enter the building before slipping it off again, if that’s what they wanted to do. It’s a rule that sure seems created in order for it not to work.

And sure enough, it didn’t. One of the things I was intrigued about with this show, in addition to seeing how many people showed up—I did—was finding out just how the organizers would handle the wearing of masks both in the exhibition halls and on the field.

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