‘About as safe as we can get for a big event,’ La Crosse mayor comments on Oktoberfest plans

Reynolds says the biggest risks related to Oktoberfest are from those who do not mask, are not vaccinated and gather in large groups at indoor venues

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – La Crosse Mayor Mitch Reynolds says those who do not mask, are not vaccinated and gather in large groups at indoor venues are what he calls the biggest risks related to the Oktoberfest celebrations.

Reynolds says county health officials have assured him that nothing new has been added to the guidance they provided to the Oktoberfest organization in August.

The health department has no new concerns with Oktoberfest related events.

“If we’re having an outdoor event where people can spread out and social distance and mask up and all of that kind of stuff, that’s about as safe as we can get for a big event,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds did say he has met with Oktoberfest board members to recommend heightened levels of health and safety protocols.

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