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La Crosse Center making changes because of virus

Brad Williams

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Many people who work for the city of La Crosse could be going back to the office, starting Tuesday. 

City Hall, the La Crosse Center, and the Main Street Library are among the government buildings closed by COVID-19 which will reopen, at least for limited hours. 

Art Fahey, the La Crosse Center manager, says his employees will have to prove that they’re well enough to work, partly by having their temperature tested twice a day.    

La Crosse Center public hours will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and tours of the building for now will be confined to areas not under construction, which mainly leaves the South Hall and the ballroom.  

Going back to a ball game or a concert after the COVID-19 shutdown could be a very different experience than before. 

Dave Guepfer, the food and beverage manager for the center, tells the La Crosse Center Board that getting food and drinks at concession stands will be made more sanitary.

For example, ketchup and mustard will come in packets, instead of in large squeeze bottles.    

Guepfer says some buffet-style dining may be a “thing of the past.”

If you want meatballs at a center event, you may have to ask a server to bring them on a plate instead of taking them yourself from a large tray.     

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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