The COVID-19 pandemic hit the pause button on human civilization, and many commercial businesses closed down, including Nintendo NY in Manhattan. Then, during the protests over the killing of George Floyd and police brutality, Nintendo NY’s window was shattered. But life goes on, businesses rebuild, and the most beloved store in the country for gamers is reopening its doors. The store is opening at limited capacity beginning Friday, Aug. 7, and customers must book a reservation in advance to enter.
Nintendo NY will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the store will be closed on Mondays. Only credit/debit cards and contactless forms of payment will be accepted at checkout, social distancing must be practiced, and face coverings must be worn.
Reservations are required for general entry. Please book a reservation at: https://t.co/VACyw2VVIE. For general entry, reservations will be offered in 30-minute intervals from 11am – 5:30pm Tuesday – Sunday.
*Reservation sign-ups are available 2 – 5 days in advance. pic.twitter.com/tRaeWKlwer
— Nintendo NY (@NintendoNYC) August 5, 2020
Even just on a symbolic level, it’s extremely encouraging to see Nintendo NY reopen. The location is a tremendous source of joy for anyone who has ever had the privilege to go, and I’ve made a point of visiting every time I’m in the city just on principle. Kids especially could use something nice like this right now, amid the copious fears of what schools reopening could mean for society when COVID-19 is still so prevalent.
If you live in the city, book your reservation now!