I’ve been struggling with the right thing to do at the shop to be good ducks right now and it is very tough. We don’t wanna be over the top, but we also really want to make sure we keep people safe and do our part to help as we can. And we can also see how we can shift the business so we are still around when the cough’s clear.
Last week we replaced our usual tablecloths with the not as pretty ones we had that we used for parties, since we can clean/disinfect them. And before we did the magic draft where we passed the cards around we had everyone use disinfectant hand wipes. Seemed a bit overly cautious at the time, but not so much at this point. We are trying to figure out the best ways to make events at the store as safe as we can, including lots of disinfectant and even limiting the number of people at the events to insure more space.
We also know that we actually have something to offer to help so that people who are stuck at home as an alternative to video games or getting utterly sucked into phones. We are going to look into trying figure out how to get people games in ways that don’t necessarily require coming into the store. And we are looking at creating game events for (limited) amonts of kids during the days when they are off school. We don’t want these to be lots of people coming in and out, instead we need it to be less people who are staying with a small group for the day.
So here is what we are doing as of now:
- Friday Night Magic will be 4 pack sealed instead of a draft:
For the next few weeks everyone will get a “prize” Pack with the normal 3 and then the prizes will be promo packs for the top 4 players. Since we now have the Mystery Packs ($5) in, and were gonna do the drafts for $20 anyway, this should still be plenty of fun, sort of a Chaos Sealed. –Limiting to 26 players to insure there is enough space to have between people.
- We are gonna be suspending the Pokemon League for the next 3 weeks at least. Don’t think there is any way to insure the little ones keep their fingers out of eyes, and mouths between playing/trading.
- Enforcing the 6 person max for D&D so there can be space between folks at the tables.
- Well–don’t be sick. 😉 We are all doing our best through this, but one of the biggest things is if yer coughing etc, don’t take the chance. The truth is that a pretty good percentage of the folks who come to the store are young enough that they will likely be fine though this, but that don’t mean that they might not inadvertently pass it on to another kid. No big deal unless they end up inadvertently passing it on to their grandma. So to protect all our grandmas…don’t take the chance…