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Pro Football Hall of Fame announces reopening date

Jesse Reed
Pro Football Hall of Fame 2020
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, has been temporarily closed since mid March due to COVID-19. That is about to change.

The museum announced its reopening date on Thursday.

Pro Football Hall of Fame reopening June 10th

Football cans can once again enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame museum starting on June 10th, the museum announced on Twitter:

“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.”

The museum’s reopening will include many safety measures to ensure the health of its employees and the general public.

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 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 sanitizer have been placed throughout the Museum.

NFL coming back, too

On Thursday, the NFL sent a memo to all its 32 teams allowing coaches to return to team facilities. The only team that will not yet be allowed back into its facility is the San Francisco 49ers, due to the city of Santa Clara not yet opening up to that extent.

The NFL is also expecting training camp, preseason games and the regular season to kick off on time.