Health & Safety Measures

The Merced County Fair Board, Management and Staff are committed to providing a healthy and safe, family-friendly event for the community to enjoy that aligns with all guidelines provided by Merced County and State health and safety officials. This extends from the annual Merced County Fair to the variety of events held at the fairgrounds throughout the year. 


For its annual event, the Sheriff’s Office along with Merced Police Department, Merced County Adult and Juvenile Probation, State Parole, Riggs Ambulance Service, CAL Fire, California Highway Patrol and Merced City Fire all work seamlessly to uphold the safety of its fairgoers. 


Each Fairgoer goes through a screening process to enter the grounds, which includes walk-through metal detectors to ensure none of the prohibit items are entering the fairgrounds. For a list of prohibited items click here.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Awareness & Prevention

As a major event facility, Merced County Fairgrounds is monitoring and reviewing information related to flu season and COVID-19. We continue to take extra precautions to further protect guests at events that occur on the Merced County Fairgrounds, which are as follows:


  1. Adding additional hand washing stations.

  2. Making alcohol hand sanitizers available at select locations.

  3. Posting signage encouraging employees and patrons to wash their hands.

  4. Enhancing the janitorial cleaning schedule for select facilities where appropriate.

  5. Encouraging persons who feel unwell (i.e. fever, cough, respiratory problems) to stay home (employees and event patrons.)

  6. In preparation for events at the Fairgrounds and the annual Merced County Fair, we are staying in contact with our State leadership and will be communicating recommendations to our renters.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued interim guidance concerning mass gatherings and large public events. To date, this is the leading guidance to which all local and state health authorities have been directed.


UPDATE – 12/9/20 | Merced County is currently in the Purple Tier per the State's Guidelines. Many non-essential indoor business operations are to remain closed. We are working with each of our rental clients whose events are affected to postpone their events to a later date. Read more about the CDC recommendations and tips for preventative care here for our community and nation as a whole.


CDC stresses that it is critical to keep solid lines of communication in place at all levels; encourage all persons to practice good personal health habits; and to promote everyday preventive actions  to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, which includes:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

It is the intent of the Board and Staff to make our annual Fair and year-round events the best they can be, which includes being informed, educated and taking the necessary steps to enhance public safety. As we navigate through this evolving situation, please reach out to us with any questions and concerns at and we will respond as soon as possible.


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