Franklin Square is committed to the safety of all guests and staff who enter the Square. The following procedures will be implemented by staff and guests. Signage at each entrance recommends that guests stay home if they are sick, wear masks, stay six feet apart for social distancing, and sanitize their hands.
Franklin Square Staffing
All employees are screened for symptoms before every shift and are prevented from remaining on site if they have a cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, or new loss of taste or smell. If an employee develops COVID-19 infection or has a positive test, we will take additional precautions to stop the virus from spreading further. We will immediately call PDPH at 215-685-6741 to report any positive case.
Masks are provided for all employees with an expectation for them to wear them except when eating or drinking during break times. Employees are seated at least six (6) feet away from each other during a break.
Staff are given hourly handwashing breaks.
Staff are trained and educated on COVID-19 and the new cleaning and operating procedures at Franklin Square and meet daily to discuss operating procedures and answer questions and concerns.
Sanitizing stations are placed in public areas and also for the staff, along with signage encouraging their use.
Contactless entrance is available for tickets purchased online in advance. Guests will show the tickets on their phone at attraction entrances. On-site ticketing is also available.
Guests have the option to use cash or card. For credit transactions, guests will swipe their own credit card when prompted. Cash will be handled using gloves, which will be changed after each guest. Hands and gloves will be sanitized between guests. Tickets and receipts are dispensed to guests with no touching involved. Paper tickets will be scanned without employee contact.
Social distancing reminders are marked on the ground while waiting to buy tickets.
Philly Mini Golf
All guests are required to wear masks while playing mini golf.
The golf gates have been modified for entrance and exit with safe social distancing.
Guests are instructed not to proceed until next hole has been cleared of guests.
The golf clubs are wiped with disinfectant between users and at the beginning of the day. The clubs will be handed to the guest with a gloved hand. Gloves will be changed after each guest, gloves and hands will be sanitized between guests. The used clubs will be placed in a separate area and then sprayed and wiped prior to the next use.
Golf balls will be handed to each guest with a gloved hand. Gloves will be changed after each guest or gloves and hands will be sanitized between guests. The balls will be wiped with sanitizer by staff at the beginning of the day. The balls end up in the 18th hole after play and will be washed at the end of the day or will be sanitized between users.
A sanitizing station will be located at the entrance and exit of the Mini-Golf course.
Social distancing reminders are marked on the ground while waiting to enter mini golf.
Parx Liberty Carousel
All guests are required to wear masks while riding the Carousel.
The animals are marked with masks of which ones can be ridden to ensure safe distancing. The animals that are closed will be covered with a blanket.
A sanitizing station will be located near the entrance and exit of the Carousel. The animals will be sanitized after each ride.
Social distancing reminders are marked on the ground while waiting to board the carousel.
Franklin Square Playground
Sanitizing stations are located near the entrance/exit of the playground and inside the playground. The playground will be cleaned at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day. All guests will be reminded of the social distancing guidelines and that they shouldn’t touch their face or mouth. Guests will also be reminded to wash/wipe their hands after they play.
SquareBurger is operated by Cescaphe. SquareBurger is an outside dining facility. All seating is outside and the tables in the seating area will be located a minimum of 6 feet apart from the other tables.
Cescaphe’s operating procedures for staff include a full health screening including temperature checks before each shift. All staff members are required to stay home if they are sick. All staff members will wear masks for the duration of their shift. All staff members will wash their hands frequently. All high-touch surfaces will be sanitized every 20 minutes. All staff are trained on new safety protocols.
One person or family unit will be allowed at a time in the restroom. Limited restrooms are available and will be cleaned throughout the day. A general wipe down of surfaces will be conducted regularly.
Historic Philadelphia, Inc. has added two additional healthy activities for visitors to the Square. The first is a walking path with signage encouraging walking three times around the Square for a one mile loop. The second is the Franklin Square Silly Square Stroll with signage encouraging kids to flap their hands like a bird or run like Rocky down the pathways.
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