In a press release sent by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in accordance with the latest health guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce are recommending the use of face masks at all indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status, during events surrounding Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls.

The guidance from public health officials does not require masks for indoor events; it only recommends their use. Outdoor events are not affected.

The recommendation from the CDC for masks indoors applies to areas designated as falling in the “substantial” transmission classification for the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Stark County has entered that status, said James Adams, Health Commissioner of Canton City Public Health.

“This policy recommendation is not made lightly,” Adams said Monday, acknowledging that Stark County residents who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus have not been asked to wear a face mask for several weeks. “We must lead by example and model the behaviors that will help our community add layered protection for the prevention of the spread of COVID.”

Adams said Canton City Public Health “will be monitoring the situation closely and will change our mask recommendations as soon as practicable.”

The Pro Football Hall of Fame and Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce will encourage the wearing of masks at the Hall of Fame Fashion Show and Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Ceremony on Friday in Canton Memorial Civic Center, and the Enshrinees’ Roundtable at that site Sunday. Several public and private events scheduled inside the Hall of Fame over the next week will be subject to the revision. Guests at the Hall of Fame Museum also will be informed of the CDC’s recommendation.

Outside events, including Play Football First Play, The Canton Repository Grand Parade and the full slate inside Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium – the Hall of Fame Game, Centennial Class of 2020 Enshrinement, Class of 2021 Enshrinement and Concert for Legends – are not affected by the directive from the CDC.