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Hallie Ford museum reopens amidst pandemic

Kathleen Forrest

Managing editor

On August 20, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, as much classroom as it is museum, reopened amidst the pandemic. The museum had been closed for over five months due to COVID-19, but new safety measures have been put in place with the intention of remaining open. There are new hours in place, with the museum being open 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday. While a timed entry system has not yet been implemented, the Hallie Ford does have a space for it on their website in case it becomes necessary. If this system is used, it would limit the number of people in the museum at any given time by giving them a specific time slot. They are also taking the now standard precautions of mandatory masks and social distancing, and have placed hand sanitizer stations throughout the museum. Additionally, all visitors must check in at the front desk so that contact tracing can be easily done in case of an outbreak. The museum has also suspended use of the coat room and drinking fountains, and access to the museum store, as well as all tours and event rentals.

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