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GameCraft Arcade in Southington Reopens Thursday 08/13

GameCraft Arcade, located at 168 Center Street in Southington will be reopening Thursday August 13 at 4pm! Hours of operation are below. Gamecraft is in the same building as Witchdoctor Brewing Company. Their beer can be found at the arcade along with a number of other great Connecticut breweries. Temporarily reduced hours are below.

Gamecraft has a great assortment of arcade games, pinball, and console games. However, due to COVID precautions, games have been reduced to make room for social distancing barriers to fit between games. Each game will either have barriers next to it or be six feet apart from other games. You can also click here for all COVID 19 FAQ.

Their outdoor patio is ready for customers, seating is first come first served. Masks must be worn unless seated. a new bike rack is also set up on site.

Guidelines Released for Some Businesses to Open May 20


  • 50-percent capacity
  • Outdoor dining only
  • Tables 6 feet
  • Bars closed
  • Dance floors remain closed
  • Contactless payments preferred
  • High-contact areas and bathrooms cleaned frequently
  • Tables & chairs sanitized between groups
  • Paper or digital menus or posted on chalkboard/whiteboard
  • Packaged or rolled silverware
  • Hand sanitizer & cleaning wipes available at entrance and exit
  • Employees to wear facemasks or cloth face coverings
  • Table servers to wear disposable gloves, changed frequently
  • Customers wear facemasks or cloth face coverings except while dining

Personal Services

For Hair Salons:

  • Maximum 50-percent capacity
  • Appointments only
  • Waiting rooms closed
  • Workstations 6 feet apart
  • Physical barriers where possible
  • Contactless payments preferred
  • Tools soaked in disinfectant between clients
  • Hand sanitizer & cleaning wipes at entrance points
  • High-contact areas & bathrooms cleaned frequently
  • Limit conversation where possible.
  • Employees to wear facemasks and face shields or eye protection
  • Employees to provide clean smock for each customer
  • Customers to wear facemasks or cloth face coverings
  • Increased ventilation and airflow where possible
  • Blow drying hair will be prohibited


  • Maximum 50-percent capacity
  • Fitting rooms closed
  • Physical barriers at checkout
  • Markers indicate 6-foot distance in line and at door
  • Self-serve counters closed
  • Contactless payments preferred
  • Hand sanitizer & cleaning wipes at entrance points
  • Bathrooms cleaned frequently
  • High-contact areas cleaned frequently (carts/baskets, door handles, credit card machines)
  • Employees to wear facemasks or cloth face coverings at all times
  • Customers to ear facemasks or cloth face coverings at all times

Malls will be allowed to reopen on May 20 as long as they follow the guidelines.


  • Maximum 50-percent capacity
  • Work from home where possible
  • Meetings subject to 5-person limit
  • Employees seated 6 feet apart, leave empty desks where necessary
  • Physical partitions where possible
  • Limit elevator capacity
  • High contact areas & bathrooms cleaned frequently
  • Common areas & lobbies cleaned frequently
  • Limit equipment sharing
  • Hand sanitizer & cleaning wipes at entrance and in common areas
  • Employees to wear facemasks or cloth face coverings except when in a private office
  • Increased ventilation and airflow where possible

Store Front Portraits – The Pub on Howe

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve seen photographers raise money by taking socially distanced front porch family portraits. Starting tomorrow I will be posting store front photos, where I’ll be sharing photos of owners of Connecticut small businesses. I’m not collecting any money for this but instead raising awareness of business owners and who are the faces behind your local business economy

This is Danny O and Linda, they own The Pub on Howe located on Howe Ave in Shelton. They are temporarily closed during the pandemic but like to thank all healthcare workers and first responders in the frontline. They miss everyone and can’t wait to see you all when it’s safe to open up agin! Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy! When they open, you can typically find half price hamburgers all day Mondays, Taco Tuesday, half price wings on Wednesday, plus trivia that starts at 7pm. Thursday’s are $10 baby back ribs all day, Friday $11 beer battered cod and chips. You stop in on Saturdays for karaoke!

Continuum Distilling – Relief Drops May 1

Continuum Distilling of Waterbury, CT is dropping RELIEF, and $10 of each bottle of RELIEF will be put back into their CT Brewery Relief Fund and donated back to Breweries who helped them make this spirit. Please help Continuum and their brewery partners and enjoy a RELIEF cocktail!

“By leveraging existing infrastructure from our brewery partners Continuum Distilling strives to make spirits using waste from beer production and limit our usage of water and new raw ingredients”

Buy One Relief, Give One Relief to an essential worker of your choice. Thanks to Donlin Law for the next 50 or so bottles of Relief sold, a matching bottle will be donated to an essential employee of your choice. We will email you after you order to arrange the donation.