Here’s a roundup of some local implications related to the state’s new coronavirus restrictions:
• Early this week, representatives of the Town of Twisp and the Twisp Chamber of Commerce decided to cancel Mistletoe Madness, an outdoor shopping market planned for Dec. 4-5 on a closed portion of Glover Street.
Chamber Marketing Director Jamie Petitto said staging the market would present too many potential risks and “we could not in good faith move forward” with the event.
• In-person, curbside and mail-order library services will be allowed to continue under the state’s latest COVID-19 restrictions, NCW Libraries said.
“With stringent safety precautions in place to protect staff and visitors, our libraries in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and Ferry counties will remain open for browsing and checking out materials, computer use, and reading magazines and newspapers,” NCW Libraries said in a statement. “Our bookmobiles will also continue visiting schools and communities to offer drop-off/pickup and curbside services.”
Masks are required of everyone using the buildings or curbside services, and patrons must maintain social distancing at all times. Masks and hand sanitizer are available in the libraries, and spaces are cleaned several times throughout the day.
• Winthrop Physical Therapy & Fitness said it has closed its indoor gym facilities and has notified members. All classes have been canceled or postponed until further notice.
The physical therapy clinic is unaffected by the mandate and will continue to provide a safe and clean atmosphere for staff and patients, the clinic said. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
• At Liberty Bell High School, indoor practices for basketball and volleyball have been suspended until at least Dec. 14, Activities Director Michael Wilbur said in an email. “I’m meeting with coaches on Wednesday (Nov. 18) to discuss options for other seasons,” Wilbur said. “It now looks almost certain that we won’t be playing winter sports, necessitating further schedule adjustments.”
• Old Schoolhouse Brewery had a “soft opening” for its new taproom on the TwispWorks campus last weekend — but now the facility will be closed until at least mid-December, co-owner Jacob Young said in an email.
However, the recently installed transparent “geo-domes” on the deck of the Old Schoolhouse Brewery in Winthrop will continue to be available, with groups of up to five, and seating will be available in the outdoor loft area, Young said.
• The only remaining activity of the annual Christmas at the End of the Road event is the fireworks show at 6 p.m. on Nov. 28. Fireworks fans will be asked to view the show from parked cars in downtown Winthrop, or at parking areas at the Town Trailhead and Winthrop Barn. The fireworks display will also be live-streamed on the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.
• In a message to patrons, The Barnyard Cinema co-owner Genevieve Cole said that “Even though we worry about the financial ramifications for us and so many other small businesses, we support the decision and hope not only our state but our country will at last rise to the occasion in earnest so that we can at least contain this scourge that continues to destroy people’s lives and livelihoods.” She said Phantom Friday and the monthly raffle will continue.