Mitchell Escape Room reopening in June with restrictions

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MITCHELL, Neb. Escape City Hall in Mitchell is reopening their doors on June 5th after being closed since the beginning of March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Escape City Hall is set to reopen June 5th after three months of closure. Owner Maureen Mittlestadt picked-up a part-time job to keep up with the rent and expenses of the escape room. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

Owner Maureen Mittlestadt says the decision to close comes from seeing it take a toll on communities.

Mittlestadt wanted to make sure her employees and her customers are safe.

During this time of closure, Mittlestadt picked-up a part-time job to keep up with the rent and expenses of the escape room.

Mittlestadt says the City of Mitchell has been great for them and they even decided to renew their lease.

As the business reopens on June 5th, patrons can start booking through their website at escapecityhall.com or on their Facebook page.

There are restrictions in place including in between bookings being an hour instead of the usual 30 minutes and only one room occupied at a time with six to ten people allowed.

The average before was five to eight people.

Staff continues to take cleaning precautions by sanitizing each room in between bookings and masks are encouraged but not required.

Businesses can keep their doors open with the help of supporting patrons.

“It’s very important to support local businesses,” said Mittlestadt. “I came out here with the intent of bringing entertainment out here. It is something extra for people to do. When people come to my business, they are also supporting other businesses in town here.”

The Escape Room is open Friday from 3:00pm to 9:00pm, Saturday from 11:00am to 9:00pm and Sunday from 12:00 to 8:00pm.

The Escape Room can make special arrangements for special occasions including bachelorette parties, birthday parties and family get-togethers.

Mittlestadt says to not come in if you are someone is sick.