Third Place Commons COVID-19 update

Friday, March 6, 2020

In light of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19 in King County and beyond, we have received a number of questions about our programs and whether Third Place Commons would remain open. 

We want to share with you an update about how Third Place Commons is responding and what you can expect in the weeks to come.

Third Place Commons Remains Open

The physical space of Third Place Commons is expected to remain open as usual. Because the space is opened and closed each day by our colleagues at Town Center security, we expect the space to be open during all usual business hours unless the management of Town Center make a determination to close. We will share updates via social media if we receive notification of such changes.

Programming Schedule May Change

Because of our commitments to our many programming partners, we are not issuing a blanket cancelation of all programming. However, individual events may be canceled at the discretion of the performers/presenters, or if we make the determination that such a decision must be made for certain events.

Because the program schedule may change on short notice, we encourage you to check our calendar or follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for all program updates before heading out to see or participate in any of our events.

We do urge those who wish to attend to use discretion and abide the recommendations of the public health authorities regarding your participation in such events. See more on that below in the Public Precautions section.

Precautions Taken by Town Center Management

We have been in touch with Merlone Geier, the management of the Town Center, to address the public health concerns presented by the COVID-19 virus and they have let us know that they are taking the following steps:
  • Redoubling strength and frequency of cleaning efforts and using virus-killing cleaning products;
  • Installing hand-sanitizer stations around the mall;
  • Temporarily removing all toys from the play area to disinfect and minimize the potential for spread of the virus. 

Public Precautions – Our Requests of You

Following the recommendations of King County authorities, we are asking the public to take the following precautions when visiting Third Place Commons.
  • Refrain from shaking hands, hugging, or other physical contact with others in the Commons.
  • Wash your hands often and well with soap and water – for at least 20 seconds (Sing the “ABC Song” once through), and be sure to clean fingernails and cuticles, between fingers, and wrists.
  • When soap and water is not immediately available, use the hand sanitizer stations or your own alcohol based sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • If you are in an especially vulnerable population (over 60, underlying health conditions, immunosuppressed, or pregnant), please respect the recommendations of the public authorities and consider staying home.
  • If you are sick, stay home.

We love our Commons Community and there’s nothing we love more than gathering you together in our space. But we also love our community enough to want to keep you all safe and healthy! Therefore, we ask that all visitors follow these guidelines, even if they are not in the high risk groups themselves, in order to minimize transmission to those most at risk, both at the Commons and elsewhere.

Thank you all for your cooperation in helping us to keep our wonderful Commons Community both connected and safe during this period.

Amy Whittenburg, Executive Director
Third Place Commons


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