• Oliver Scott

Phase 2 & Small Businesses in Tacoma

Phase 2 has officially rolled out here in Pierce County and we have been keeping a close eye on what that has meant for small businesses across Tacoma.

In the second phase, restaurants, storefronts, coffee joints, and the like are able to open again as of June 5th, 2020 via the state secretary of health's "Safe Start Recovery Plan", but what does that really mean for us and what can we expect to see? Well, we asked around and it appears each business is going about it cautiously and not everyone is jumping at the chance to open their doors right away.

I'm Lashin' Out salon already announced they intend on waiting to see if a second wave of the coronavirus will peak before they take on any new clients and resume business as usual. Each service they do is on a case by case.

The Fernseed on Proctor is open for plant shopping again, limiting customers at a time and they ask for masks to be worn while shopping, mentioning how surreal the moment felt just having their doors open and customers inside.

Lux Coffee off McKinley Ave is open with limited seating for those wanting to get some coffee and a delicious pastry. They ask that if you intend to linger on your computer or with a book while you hang out, to have a mask on respectively.

Some restaurants like Wooden City downtown are only open via reservation planned ahead of time but are still offering their food delivery services. The Red Hot off 6th Ave, known for its epic peanut butter hot dogs and draft beer options hasn't opened their interior just yet, limiting its service out of a makeshift take-out style front door where you can wait outside in a safe distance.

Quickie Too, Tacoma's beloved vegan comfort food restaurant offers delivery by Door Dash or call in for take-away, but has not announced any opening of the restaurant just yet.

We've been keeping a close eye on Instagram posts as each place seems to be opening at their own discretion and announces it there.

Bars without food options are unfortunately still having to wait until Phase 3 and the capacity will be limited to 25%.

Luckily, Engine House 9 was open so we popped in for a good ole fashioned draft and a bite. Half the tables had been removed and the staff all wore masks. We sat in the bar area to avoid the wait but all bar stools had been taken out and replaced with four-top tables since groups of 5 or more are prohibited. In phase three we should be seeing a 75% capacity allowance and tables of up to 10 will be allowed again.

See chart via the Washington coronavirus website below for more info about the phases:

Regardless of how each business decides to go about opening up shop, we are excited to see the city coming alive again and employees returning to work with surely more appreciation for the opportunity to generate some income again. The locals were happy, laughing, and smiling with the excitement of meeting a friend out of confinement, giving us a sense of what was. Phase three is not far from us Tacoma!

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