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Stan Hywet to require face masks in all indoor spaces

'The gardens are in full bloom with plenty of room for guests to spread out, while enjoying the grounds and the Winds of Change exhibit.'

AKRON, Ohio — Akron’s iconic Stan Hywet has announced that all guests will be required to wear a mask while visiting the property's indoor spaces. This includes admissions, the Manor House, the Gate Lodge and Molly’s Shop.

“Guests who arrive without a mask will be given a complimentary, one-time-use mask in admissions,” Stan Hywet officials announced Friday.

Exemptions to this rule include the following:

  • Adults whose physician advises against it.
  • Children under the age of 10 or any other minor who cannot safely wear a face covering.

This new requirement falls in line with the state's mask mandate that takes effect in Summit County at 6 p.m. Friday. It comes as the result of the county's coronavirus alert being raised to a "Level 3" Thursday.

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"In the past few weeks, as COVID-19 cases began to increase, our team discussed moving in this direction for the safety of our staff and volunteers working in our tour spaces,” said Sean Joyce, President & Executive Director of Stan Hywet. “Fortunately, we are prepared to meet the governor's directive quickly. The gardens are in full bloom with plenty of room for guests to spread out, while enjoying the grounds and the Winds of Change exhibit.”

Currently, all tours at Stan Hywet are self-guided. The property is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. with the last admission granted access at 4:30 p.m. Stan Hywet, which is located at 714 North Portage Path, is closed to the public on Mondays.

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