LYNNWOOD — After a good scrubbing, Chuck E. Cheese has reopened.
The food and entertainment center at 3717 196th St. SW in Lynnwood was ordered closed Tuesday by the Snohomish Health District because of health code violations that included hand-washing and hot-water infractions. The inspection was prompted after eight people reported gastrointestinal illnesses after visiting over the weekend. The busy arcade is known for its cartoon mouse and pizza.
There has been an uptick in norovirus-like illnesses reported in the county at daycares and assisted living facilities. The source of the illnesses is unknown.
Chuck E. Cheese workers had to clean all the balls in the ball pit as well as tables, chairs and napkin dispensers.
Gastrointestinal illnesses like norovirus are common in close quarters and can spread quickly. The virus causes stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting because the stomach, intestines or both get inflamed. Symptoms include a sudden onset of illness, usually 24 to 48 hours after exposure. It can also include headaches, chills, a low-grade fever, muscle aches and tiredness.
Those who get sick after eating in any restaurant should contact the Communicable Disease Surveillance line at 425-339-5278.