Expect notable changes inside BMO Harris Bank Center for Rockford IceHogs' upcoming season.

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Like many venues and attractions have done since COVID-19 turned the world upside down, Rockford's professional hockey team is instituting changes to keep attendees healthy and safe.

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Like last season, bring your face masks. Everyone over the age of 2 needs to bring one, regardless of vaccination status, per recommendation from Winnebago County Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Masks will be required for all staff and guests (over 2-years-old) regardless of vaccination status. Guests may remove their masks only while actively eating and drinking.

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Hand sanitizer dispensers are all around BMO Harris Bank Center.

Guests are encouraged to wash hands for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizing station often.

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Leave your cash at home, it's no longer usable within the confines of the big orange box however guests will be able to exchange cash for Visa gift cards at the box office.

To minimize contact, cash will no longer be accepted at concession stands, bars, or Oink’s Outfitters. All major credit & debit cards will be accepted. Guests will also be able to exchange cash for Visa gift cards at the box office in increments of $25.

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Doors will open earlier to avoid long lines.

Doors will open at least one hour prior to the start of each event, and earlier when possible. Guests are encouraged to arrive to the venue early to minimize crowding and lines.

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High traffic surfaces like handrails and doorknobs, will be sanitized through the duration of the event.

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Fans are encouraged to maintain a six-foot distance between themselves and the next people in line.

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If your bag is bigger than a regular-sized piece of paper (8.5" x 11") then leave it at home unless it's a medical or infant bag. Wear a fanny pack instead.

This bag policy will speed up the entry process into the venue, improve security and limit touchpoints.

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BMO Harris Bank Center staff will be masked and gloved for their safety and yours.

Staff who will frequently come into contact with customers, such as concessions workers and security personnel, will be outfitted with protective facemasks and latex gloves.

You can find more detail about these protocols here.

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