One Fort Wayne haunted business makes plans to open, working with health department

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – As the Halloween season arrives, one haunted business has prepared to open, with help from the Allen County Health Department. Hysterium Haunted Asylum has made adjustments in anticipation of welcoming guests beginning Friday.

While some Halloween themed attractions like the Haunted Castle have decided not to open this year because of the pandemic, Hysterium has laid out a plan for guests. Group sizes will be restricted and social distancing will be enforced. Temperature checks and hand-santizing stations have also been planned.

A key change in the way Hysterium in welcoming guests this year is found in the ticketing process. Tickets are sold online with specific timeslots, to prevent groups of people waiting at the building for long periods of time.

According to a spokesperson for the Health Department, any haunted house-type business that plan to open must follow the guidelines for entertainment venues in the Back on Track plan. Those guidelines include operating at 50% capacity with masks being required for guests.

The people with the health department reviewed Hysterium’s plan and have asked that any similar type of business that expects more than 250 people at time to reach out to the department at least two weeks before opening.

According to the business websites, Huntington’s Haunted Hotel will not be opening in 2020, with COVID-19 getting part of the blame. The Haunted Jail in Columbia City has planned to open starting with three VIP nights this weekend.

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