At least nine workers at the “City of Fun” carnival in Vernal test positive for COVID-19

VERNAL, Utah – People who attended the Vernal City of Fun Carnival Thursday are urged to watch out for COVID-19 symptoms, practice social distancing, and avoid contact with high-risk people after at least nine carnival workers tested positive for the disease.

The nine workers were originally tested in American Fork on June 18, according to Uintah County, but their test results weren’t released until Thursday – the same day the Mardi Gras opened.

Uintah County and the Tricounty Health Department immediately closed Mardi Gras Thursday night after the Utah Department of Health notified them of the positive test results.

Western Park, the site of the carnival, “will continue hosting events this summer, including the performances of” South Pacific “at the Outlaw Trail Theater and the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo,” a Uintah County press release said.

Western Park manager Derk Hatch said the carnival operated under the requirements set out in a June 17 plan that included fences around the venue, hygiene of the rides, face covers for employees, and physical distancing during rides.

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