It’s mid-October, 2020 as I write this, and it’s unfortunately looking like EZPZ will remain shut down for the rest of this year. I still get many calls inquiring about our Mobile Game Theater, so if anyone happens to wander across this blog who’s interested in our service, hopefully this will explain.
Like many businesses, we were ordered to cease operations and shelter in place back in March. As June came around and it looked like California was close to getting back to normal, we were allowed to reopen, albeit with restrictions (limiting the amount of gamers inside the trailer, masks, gallons of hand sanitizer, etc). As you probably know, once summer hit, the number of coronavirus cases skyrocketed everywhere. We were open for about 3 weeks until we were ordered to shut down again.
Since then, the state came up with a new “Blueprint for a Safer Economy“. As I understand it, there are 4 tiers of status that every county is assigned based on metrics like daily rate of new infections and the rate of Covid tests that are positive (sounds like the same, but I guess they’re different). The 4 tiers are Widespread (purple), Substantial (red), Moderate (orange), and Minimal (yellow). Monterey County is purple as of this writing. According to the state’s guidelines, we wouldn’t be able to open up again until the county achieved yellow status, which as of now seems light years away. Thus, I’ve blocked off the rest of the year on our reservation system to avoid any confusion.
This doesn’t mean we’re closing permanently! At least, not yet. Our overhead is relatively low, so we should be able to keep up with bills for now. At some point we may be forced to call it quits, or even move to a less-restrictive state, but for now we will do what we can to “stay the course” and keep EZPZ in the beautiful Central Coast area that we adore so much.
While this whole thing is a bad deal for my business, I know it’s nothing compared to the hardships and heartbreaks that many of our fellow community members are dealing with. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, or the loss of employment or closing of your business, or missed/postponed weddings, proms, graduations, sports seasons, I’m at least cognizant to the plight of you, my neighbors. On behalf of Tomas and myself, I hope all of our wonderful customers, past, present, and (hopefully) future, continue to be healthy, happy, and whole. We’ll see you on the other side of this thing.
~ Blessings, Sean