The businesses of Washington want you to know that they are doing everything they can to ensure your health and safety while in their establishments.  The Centers for Disease Control has issued guidelines to follow the 3 W’s: Wear, Wait, & Wash. Wear a face covering when around other people. Wait at least 6 feet apart; avoid close contact. Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer. 

One of the restaurants that is keeping you safe is Washington Crab & Seafood Shack.  They have implemented a specific entrance, they are enforcing a 6 feet distance rule while waiting in line to order and have blocked off 50% of the tables in the dining room to accommodate guests inside while also keeping them safely distanced from each other. Their employees are taking all necessary precautions to make sure that surfaces are properly and frequently sanitized.  At their retail store, Washington Crab & Oyster Company, they are only allowing 5 patrons in at a time and distancing the line. 

Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill is also taking necessary precautions.  All their servers are wearing masks. Food runners wear masks and gloves.  They have removed 50% of indoor seats and are now using paper single use menus.  They have placed hand sanitizer around for customers and staff.  Tables are social distanced inside and out.  Tables are sanitized after every table change.

Down on Main Street will be reopening on June 22nd. They will be taking employees’ temperatures before each shift and doing extra sanitizing in high traffic areas. They will practice social distancing and may have a chalkboard menu. 

Grub Brothers Eatery and The Bank Bistro owner Joan Meyland says that her staff has been trained on the Count on me NC program.  (Count on me NC is a public health initiative that empowers guests and businesses to help keep everyone safe from Covid-19.). She says they are cleaning before and after each customer, wearing face masks 😷, taking reservations, remodeling the dining room, and will be adding more outside seating.  Meyland says they are staying positive, offering service with a smile, pickup & delivery.

Capelli Salon owner Lisa Smith-Gargaro says that they have signage posted on the front door stating all the necessary measures to stay safe including 6 feet apart, no hugging, wait outside until your stylist comes out to get you. Their guests must remain outside until they are able to go out and take their temperature and make sure they are wearing a mask. If customers do not have a mask, the salon will provide one for them. Additionally, if customers have a temperature they are not allowed entry. Once they are inside, they must use hand sanitizer before they sit down. Masks remain on at all times. Check out and next appointments are made at the chair as to ensure social distancing at the register. Guests must come alone.  They have made two new salon suites within the salon to spread out their stylists, currently 10 feet apart.   

Amy Gerard, owner of Fitness Unlimited says they will continue deep cleaning their fitness facility on a regular basis, have pulled all mats and yoga blocks (members should bring their own if needed), and have separated all their cardio equipment over 6 feet apart. They are limiting group fitness class sizes to 10 per class. Members can sign up using their mobile app. Staff are regularly spraying the facility with a solution that is approved to kill the Covid-19 virus.  Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes are available throughout the gym and must be used. 

Little Shoppes has hand sanitizer at the door and staff members are wearing masks. They disinfect anything a customer touches when checking out. Their reduced hours are now 12-3pm everyday. 

Cottage Junkies, another local retail favorite, allows up to 5 customers in their store at a time. Their current hours are 10-2 Monday-Saturday. Masks are encouraged but not required. They sanitize their hands every time a customer walks in. They are also still offering curbside pickup and shipping. 

The Fairfield Inn by Marriott

Linda Williams of The Fairfield Inn by Marriott says that when they check guests in, they alternate floors and space guests rooms out to ensure social distancing. The housekeepers thoroughly clean and sanitize rooms, and wear masks when cleaning. The staff wipes everything down in the lobby throughout the day, including disinfecting the computer stations. The fitness room and pool are closed, but they do offer grab and go breakfast bags. If someone does want to sit down, they can feel secure as the tables have been spaced at least 6 feet apart. 

Washington is open for business and welcomes you. We want you to feel safe and secure here!