Local attractions figure out how to reopen under COVID-19 guidelines

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Attractions in Springfield that require visitors to be hands-on can be a challenge upon reopening under new COVID-19 guidelines.

Places like the History Museum on the Square recently sent out a survey to potential visitors, asking what they would like to see when returning to its exhibits.

“Some high-touch things that we feel like it’s best to not have those out right now,” said Krista Adams, director of development at History Museum on The Square. “And then our high tech interactives, we just plan on sanitizing those in between each guest.”

Other attractions, like the 1984 arcade in Springfield has also implemented new instructions for gamers, including using flags to show which games have been cleaned and which are still needing to be wiped down from the previous person.

“We just had to make it more official and announce what we were doing,” said Lincoln Whisler, co-owner of 1984 Arcade. “We’re just making it more clear to the public that we’re following guidelines plus some of our own guidelines to make sure everybody is safe and everything is clean.”

The arcade is making sure they have ‘clean status flags’ on all games.

“And in order for them to play the game they just need to remove this and then they’ll be able to play,” said Whisler. “And then if they find a game that they want to play that doesn’t have that sign on it, they can ask us to re-clean that and we’ll sanitize that. And then we’re routinely going around the arcade, cleaning and putting the signs back into place so that they know it’s been taken care of.”

417 Escape Artist in Springfield has implemented similar ideas when guests are required to touch many items inside its escape rooms.

“We have more time in between games now that way the staff can totally sanitize each room from top to bottom,” said Ann Sherman, owner of 417 Escape Artist. “We focus more on surface touching like the doorknobs, the locks, knobs things that you would normally touch over and over again. And then we also are misting our rooms with disinfectant before each game.”

The History Museum on The Square announced they will be re-opening May 28. All stores mentioned today will be operating at 25%.

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