The Baseball Hall of Fame cancelled last year’s induction ceremony because of the pandemic, and after much consideration this year’s event is finally a go. It’s taking place on a Wednesday in September instead of the traditional weekend in July, but it’s all part of a plan to try and keep people protected from COVID. Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tara Burke talked about some of the safety protocols already in place.
"Obviously there’s some concerns with COVID in the community, but that it’s an open-air outdoor event, and there’s a lot of room to socially distance I think is a positive for sure."
Burke believes the business community has had plenty of time to prepare for the crowds, and the pandemic.
"You know tourism has picked back up this summer. It picked back up last fall. So I think they’ve got safeguards in place that work for their business, that they’re able to serve customers safely."
Seventh Inning Stretch Owner Vincent Carfagno thinks most people will take the precautions necessary if they plan on coming to town.
"People are going to prepare just like everything else. You know wear a mask, bring the hand sanitizer, if you’re not comfortable with it you know, but I think we all know it’s out there, so if you’re going to travel you should kind of be safe with what you’re doing."
He’s also confident the fans aren’t going to miss out on this year’s Hall of Fame ceremonies.
"Are some people not going to come because of COVID? Absolutely, but there’s not much we can do about that you know, and we’re seeing it everywhere so….but I think we’ll have a nice amount of people that will come and celebrate it, and get it in the books….we hope."
Anna Negron has been working at the Factory Store for the past 17 years, and doesn’t think the threat of COVID will have much effect on fan attendance.
"Not really as long as everybody stays safe, wears their mask, and social distancing."