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Old Fort Niagara reopening

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Tue, Jun 30th 2020 04:45 pm
Image courtesy of Old Fort Niagara
Image courtesy of Old Fort Niagara

Guidelines in place to protect visitors and staff from COVID-19

Old Fort Niagara will reopen to visitors this Friday, July 3, following its 15-week closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Daily hours of operation have been shortened slightly, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow for extra cleaning before and after hours. Hourly musket and living-history demonstrations and seasonal food service will resume following proper health and social-distancing guidelines.

“We are really happy that we can welcome visitors back and do so in a safe way for them and our staff,” said Robert Emerson, executive director of the Old Fort Niagara Association. “Old Fort Niagara is an open, spacious and scenic site where people can easily keep their distances. Even still, we are taking extra measures to keep indoor areas open and clean, because the health and safety of our visitors and staff are our first priorities.”

Capacity will be capped at 25% in indoor spaces, such as the visitor center, museum and historic buildings. Staff will monitor building capacity and encourage visitors to tour the fort grounds in a clockwise direction to reduce the chances of groups overlapping.

Old Fort Niagara would like visitors to note the following:

√ If you are sick, do not enter the fort – and encourage your family not to enter until you are all well.

√ Wear face coverings as per New York state law.

√ Maintain minimum 6-foot social distance.

OFN said, “We are committed to keeping you healthy and safe, but we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed to COVID-19. We rely on you to protect yourself by washing your hands often and avoid touching your face, maintain your distance from others, and avoid touching surfaces.”

Old Fort Niagara’s complete safety plan is detailed at www.oldfortniagara.org/visitor-information.

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