Hockey Hall of Fame to re-open to public on July 15

David Ayres places his stick in a cabinet as he appears in front of the media at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, on Friday, February 28 , 2020, as he donates his stick used in an NHL game between Toronto Maple Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes. (Chris Young/CP)

The Hockey Hall of Fame will re-open to the public on July 15 after closing back in March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, chairman Lanny McDonald announced.

All guests will be required to wear masks when entering, with the Hall offering complimentary disposable masks and gloves to visitors. To help regulate physical distancing at the facility, guests can buy “priority admission tickers” and can check a live attendance tracker to be available on the Hall’s website.

Complimentary stylus pens will be provided to use on touch screens and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the facility as well.

Visitors will have access to most areas at the Hockey Hall of Fame, but some interactive exhibits — including touching the Stanley Cup — will be off-limits due to Ontario’s Stage 2 re-opening guidelines.

“The Hall’s top priority is the health and safety of our guests and staff,” McDonald said in a statement. “To that end, we have worked on stringent protocols that adhere to the Province of Ontario’s Stage 2 re-opening guidelines.”

The Hall’s popular exhibits, such as “9 & 99” Howe and Gretzky and “The Changing Face of Hockey: Diversity in our Game,” have also been extended through to Dec. 31.

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