Bowling alleys adopt safety measures in preparation for reopening

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that bowling alleys can reopen Monday after being closed for nearly five months.

News 12 Staff

Aug 15, 2020, 12:18 AM

Updated 1,383 days ago

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Bowling alleys have adopted new safety measures so they are prepared to reopen safely.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that bowling alleys can reopen Monday after being closed for nearly five months.
They will have to operate at 50% capacity with face coverings and social distancing required at all times. Every other lane must be closed.
Disinfection and thorough cleaning is required as well.
Homefield Bowl in Yonkers has installed plexiglass partitions between each settee area.
Managers say they'll be cleaning every bowling bowl between each use and will implement extra safety measures.
"We redid the air conditioning system with the new MERV filters, we redid our air circulation system...we have thermometers, temperature stations, hand sanitizers, all the employees have to wear gloves," says operator and manager Michael Limekiller.
Robert Varano, co-owner of Hi-Tor Lanes in West Haverstraw, says customers will have their temperatures taken when they arrive, and that social distancing markers and touch-free bathrooms have been implemented.
Employees there will also be sure to clean bowling balls between customers.
"We have 30,000 square feet here. They're putting us at 50% occupancy, so they should be able to keep their social distancing,” says Varano.
Food and beverages will be brought to patrons, however, food services will not be allowed in New York City bowling alleys.
Gov. Cuomo also announced that protocols for gyms to reopen will be revealed Monday, and that New York City museums and aquariums can reopen Aug. 24.


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