Lynnwood businesses prepare to reopen as Snohomish County announces Phase 2 approval

Around the Table Game Pub (Courtesy of Google)

Lynnwood business owners began preparations to reopen after Snohomish County announced Friday that it would be moving into Phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start program, effective immediately.

Around the Table Game Pub co-owner Tim Morgan said he was caught off guard by the announcement and is waiting until next week to ensure they are ready.

“We’re not quite ready so we’re probably going to be holding off until Monday,” he said.

The pub is a place for board and card game enthusiasts to sit and play while enjoying food or a beer, sometimes for hours. With new social distancing guidelines, Morgan said the store will only be able to have up to five tables seating five at a time, and the amount of time gamers spend at the pub will likely be limited.

“A lot of our customers are going to want to sit and play for three or four or more hours, but I think we’re going to put together a reservation system and limit people to an hour and half or two hours per table,” he said.

Since masks will be required for customers (and employees) in the pub, Morgan said the outdoor seating area will be available for eating. Staff will also be working in the upcoming weeks to develop ways to continue to hold tournaments, he added.

At Lynnwood’s Pub 44, manager Todd Beck said staff are cleaning and sanitizing the bar in preparation to reopen Saturday.

According to Hall, Saturday is the busiest day for the bar, but staff are not sure what kind of turnout they will get when they reopen.

“It’s kind of a play-it-by-ear situation really, because there may be a lot of people that are afraid to come out,” he said. “We’ll have a better idea tomorrow.”

Pub 44, located in Lynnwood Square (Courtesy of Google)

To follow reopening guidelines, Beck said the bar top will be unavailable and only half of the tables, pool tables and dart boards will be open. Bar staff will be operating at half capacity and half of the bar’s occupancy (around 54 people).

Furthermore, Beck said some entertainment services — like the DJ booth and karaoke — will not be available to help limit occupancy.

“We’re trying to keep people distancing and the music kind of does not lend itself to that,” he said.

Other businesses will also be reducing services at first to keep the number of customers inside their stores low. Chroma Salon manager Catherine Pestalozzi said services with uncertain timelines — like color corrections — will not be offered. The salon will also not offer blow drying services, she added.

“We are actually trying to cut down on (clients’) time in the salon with exposure and we are also trying to cut down on our time to give us time in between each person to sanitize fully,” she said.

Pestalozzi said hand sanitizer stations have been set up around the salon, and clients will be required to wear masks. During the first few weeks of reopening, stylists will not be taking walk-ins or new clients to give them time to catch up regulars, she added.

Alderwood Mall plans to reopen Tuesday, June 9, but it could be longer before each store is ready for customers. General Manager Jerry Irwin said he will be meeting with store managers to discuss which ones plan to reopen under Phase 2 and when.

“We’ve been in contact with all of the stores and really it will be up to them to determine that they will be reopening,” he said.

–By Cody Sexton

  1. Finally Phase 2 for Snohomish County! Disappointing that Sno-Isle Libraries must wait for Phase 3, probably July. Most likely computers, scanners, copiers and inside DVD/book rentals unavailable until August. Their services ARE ESSENTIAL. Many people, including those losing jobs/unemployed , need the computers and copier/scanners. Not everyone has cable, internet or free streaming. So DVDs are important. With limitations on number of people allowed within, requiring masks, temperature checks, and time spent there libraries should’ve been in Phase 2.

  2. Elsewhere, the Lynnwood brass didn’t hesitate to project the budget shortfall due to the pandemic’s effect on revenue, which of course every municipality will experience. They should consider some innovative ways to help bring that down, Lynnwood-style:
    1 – Most obviously and simply, increase the penalty for traffic camera violators. It’s a no-brainer that makes sense – increase the pain, more safety we will gain. Sweet!
    2 – Add facial recognition software for pedestrian monitoring as well. Issue citations to violators of the Walk/Don’t signal, whose jaywalking also pose a safety hazard to themselves and others.
    3 – It is by no means unusual to see even more jaywalkers crossing hi-risk 99 and other arterials at their own pleasure rather than proceeding to the next crosswalk. Consider drone technology, constantly patrolling and hovering overhead, issuing additional citations to additional community safety risks.

    Pedestrians aren’t the little goody two-shoes you think they are! End the driver-bias! Equal treatment!
    Think of it: “Enhanced Surveillance for Enhanced Safety!” It’s in Lynnwood’s DNA and maintains its reputation as a trendsetter in this regard! You’re welcome!

    1. Wow, Police State actions here. We are in the midst of 2 crises, one of which involves policing and this is your best idea. Drawing Board – BACK.

  3. If you had walkways over 99 at areas where people change bus routes there would be less jwalking. Now they have to walk to a crossing light wait to cross then walk back to bus stop. That means missing the next bus so they jwalk. What do you expect? Are they bad? They are just trying to get on with their lives!

    1. @Kathleen: I fully agree!

      I usually drive, but the few times I’ve taken a bus on 99, I’ve had to jaywalk to get to a bus stop. In some parts of Hwy 99, the crosswalks are over a mile away from each other.

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