(Canton, Ohio) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame is now open to the public.
“We stand ready to provide inspiration to fans eager to celebrate excellence,” said David Baker, president & CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, “And we will do so in a responsible manner that puts the safety of the visiting public and our dedicated staff at the forefront of each decision we have made in reaching this point and that we will continue to make moving forward.”
In joining the nationwide effort to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection, the Hall closed its Museum doors to the public on March 16.
During the subsequent weeks of the shutdown, Operations personnel at the Hall took several steps to prepare for reopening, including a thorough cleaning of all areas of the Museum multiple times.
To further protect guests’ health and safety, staff members have placed markings and stanchions throughout the Museum to help guests maintain proper physical distancing and to guide them in an orderly, one-way flow through the exhibits. Acrylic barriers have been installed in several areas, including Guest Services and the Hall of Fame Store.
Each safety measure adopted for employees and guests meets or exceeds its recommendation set by the state of Ohio and federal health standards for visiting a museum and retail establishment.
To assist guests entering the Hall in understanding the safety measures, each patron will receive a flyer that will explain physical distancing protocols, locations for hand sanitizer, the importance of not touching exhibits by hand, and other pertinent Museum information.
Among the changes or enhanced safety measures in place at the Hall of Fame Museum are:
- All Hall employees and volunteers will receive a temperature reading – with a no-contact scanning thermometer – upon entering the building. Anyone with a body temperature exceeding 100.0°F will not be permitted to proceed.
- Every employee, volunteer, and docent will be required to wear a face-covering inside the Museum. Guests will be encouraged to wear a face covering. Single-use masks will be provided to guests upon request. Cloth Hall of Fame-branded masks will be available for purchase.
- Guests also may request a pair of powder-free, single-use vinyl gloves to wear during their visit.
- Guests will receive a stylus for use on Museum exhibit touch screens or other contact points, such as elevator buttons.
- Seating in the “A Game for Life” holographic theater and in the Super Bowl Theater will be reduced to allow the appropriate spacing of guests.
- A few “hands-on” exhibits could remain closed or off-line at this time.
- The Museum’s café will remain closed.
- High-contact surfaces, such as railings, counters, doorknobs, and elevator buttons, will be disinfected throughout each day.
- Stations with hand sanitizers have been placed throughout the Museum.
“Since its grand opening in September 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame had never been closed more than two days in a row,” Baker said. “So after nearly three months, you can imagine our excitement at being able to open our doors again to fans of this great game.
“We welcome them back and join them in honoring the heroes of the game, preserving its history, promoting its values, and celebrating excellence everywhere.”
With its reopening June 10, the Hall will operate under its summer hours: from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
Updates to the Hall’s reopening plan will be posted at www.ProFootballHOF.com.