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From the Head Gnome – Pat Fuge Last Updated – Thursday July 9, 2020
All of us at Gnome Games know you rely on our stores to bring the finest in tabletop games, puzzles and diversions to your tables. We are going to continue to do that, despite the situation presented by the coronavirus, affectionately known as COVID-19. I would like to keep you abreast of how we are going to do this safely for both you our customers as well as the most important part of Gnome Games, our staff.
We are open for shopping and Masks are required
First and foremost, we have a high concern for our staff and your personal safety. Gnome Games will follow all CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health guidelines in hosting and our attendance of events We will also maintain a high focus and attention to in store hygiene and cleanliness. As these guidelines may change, we will adapt our operations to meet them. These are all preventative measures to protect staff and customers, especially those who are in COVID-19 High Risk groups. Want to learn more – visit their websites. It’s always best to get the news from the source.
To keep the Gnome Games Staff and families of the communities we play in safe, we are suspending all in store play opportunities effective immediately. The less chance we give this bug to spread the better off we will all be, so we are doing our small part, by closing the demo libraries and suspending all in store play. We will reschedule as the situation allows once the COVID-19 threat has passed.
To allow you to play on our tables we require a reservation and are limiting your group size. You must all wear masks at all times and must make the reservation ahead of time by contacting the store you want to play at. We can facilitate Pokemon Play, Yu Gi Oh Play, Magic and other card games, have tables for miniatures and board games.
Masks must be worn at all times and there is a fee for this. Simply call or message the store you want to play at via Facebook
We have cancelled all in store and community outreach events , but you can still shop in the store for games to take home and play. We will monitor this situation closely and keep you informed about any changes in our schedules via our website and all of the Gnome Games Facebook pages. You can also have us deliver to your front door, or order games and puzzles for curbside pickup from all of the Gnome Games stores.
We’ll do a lot of extra cleaning and wiping with bleach and other CDC approved cleaners throughout the day to keep all counters, tabletops and contact surfaces as clean as possible. We’ll also take additional measures at the checkout area, and you may see our staff wearing gloves as we handle transactions. Gloves protect them, and please don’t be offended if they are wearing them. If you would like, they will also remove shrink wrap from your games before you leave.
Gnome Games is going to need a little help with keeping the store clean and safe for you and our staff as well. While we are asking you to help – we’ll also make sure you get a few reminders if you need them as well. Please understand that if a Gnome Games staff asks you to do something, it’s because we want to make everyone’s experience a safe and fun one.
If you are sick, have a cough, fever or other symptoms of the flu or COVID-19, we ask that you stay home. This doesn’t mean you can’t get a game or puzzle and I’ll cover that in a bit, but it does mean that we may ask you to leave if we observe any symptoms. It’s not because we don’t like you, it’s because we do, and we want to see you back at our tables when you are healthy.
We’ll ask you to wash your hands at our events – a lot. Like after every round of a tournament. You’ll be touching other people’s cards or rolling those dice that were in the bag with those other dice that you took to Mordor and back. Who knows what could be on those! So, we’ll remind you to wash your hands after every round and give you some time to do it as well.
You all know what that means. But in the wake of COVID-19, we are amending the rules just a bit. First, start-of-match handshakes are out. Knuckle bumps, under table toe taps, or Vulcan Hand Salutes are in. We’ll continue to have fun without sharing the germs.
Gnome Games will provide Gnome Home Delivery – directly to your doorstep! We’ll bring you games to play, even if you are in a self-quarantine situation! Delivery service is available daily, and curbside contactless pickup is also available
All of these measures are preventative, to protect the Gnome Games staff and customers. We’ll keep updating them as the CDC, Department of Health and other agencies adapt to the COVID-19 situation. At the end of the day, Gnome Games will continue to provide you with the very best in tabletop fun at home or at our stores. We want to thank you for your support in this, and look forward to playing with you! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly via email here
The Head Gnome