What’s open, what’s closed on Mercer Island?

Updated on August 9, 2020 | by My MI Team

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On June 19th, the recovery plan for Phase 2 was approved which will expand retail operations and dining opportunities, professional services, and other activities in King County. The new phase allows up to 50% capacity for indoor and outdoor seating at restaurants.

On June 5th, King County was approved to enter a modified Phase 1 Recovery. According to the City of Mercer Island’s website, this allows for limited openings of retail businesses, including allowing 25% of indoor seating capacity at restaurants, and 50% of outdoor dining (both with tables at six foot spacing). It also allows outdoor gatherings with up to five people outside your household.

On May 1st, Governor Inslee extended the stay-home order through May 31st, while also outlining a plan of re-opening in four phases – each a minimum of three weeks in duration. 

According to the plan – which depends on favorable public health data – we may see the gradual re-opening of island activity throughout the summer, and a new socially distanced normal begin to resume.

We’ve created this post to share the status of local restaurants, retail, city and recreational facilities, and more. Given the stay-home order, what’s “open” indicates – in most instances – which businesses are offering online services and which restaurants and retailers are offering curbside pick-up, take-out, and delivery.

In the weeks ahead, we are planning to keep this list updated so you can check back to find out about which businesses and facilities you can visit again through the phased re-opening of the economy and social life.  Please contact My MI contributing editor Andrea Simpson with any updates.  

Public Facilites

  • Mercer Island Boat Launch – OPEN
  • Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club – Open for camps and clinics
  • Mercer Island Community & Event Center – Temporarily closed through August 31st
  • Mercer Island Food Pantry (relocated to Mercer Island Community & Event Center parking lot) – OPEN (Wednesdays, 10 am to 3 pm)
  • Mercer Island Library – Open for Curbside to Go and book drop
  • Parks, trails, and most park restrooms – OPEN (some parking lots are closed)
  • Sports courts and ballfields, picnic shelters, skate park, and fitness equipment – OPEN for passive use, group use requires a reservation
  • Playgrounds – Temporarily closed
  • Mercer Island School District Facilities – Temporarily closed
  • Mercer Island Thrift Shop – Temporarily closed until August 16th; online shop open

Food & Restaurants

All restaurants are currently closed for in-house dining. Find out which are open for pick-up and delivery below:


Fitness & Health Clubs

Beauty Salons & Services

Please contact My MI contributing editor Andrea Simpson at [email protected] if you have any updates or changes to the status of any of the local organizations and businesses listed above.