Just ahead of the busy holiday weekend, Alabama entertainment industry businesses were able to open starting at 5 p.m. on Friday.
Governor Kay Ivey allowed tourist attractions, concert venues, theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, and more to open in the new Safer at Home order guidelines.
Eastern Shore Lanes and Gulf Bowl owner Sonya Cole said she was ready to open her doors several weeks ago.
“We are so excited. This has been a long ordeal for us, our entire staff. They are eager to get back to work. Two and a half months is a long time to be shut down,” Cole said.
Cole said she is doing everything she can to make her family entertainment centers safe places to be.
“All of our staff went through COVID-19 courses, and they had to pass it to be able to come back to work. So they are well trained on how to put gloves on, how to take gloves off, wearing masks,” Cole said.
Customers are asked to use gloves in the arcade and on the ropes course, laser tag is at half capacity, and every-other bowling lane is closed to help people social distance.
“We have CDC guidelines and also a regiment that we are doing as far as the holes in the balls, the balls, the chairs, the monitors. We have someone in the arcade wiping down games constantly,” Cole said.
Customers were excited and ready to get off the couch and go bowling.
“I’m pretty excited. It hasn’t been open for a long time, so it’s just getting back out here is pretty fun; getting back to our normal lives,” customer Sam Pearish said.
Another customer said he felt safe coming out but plans to keep his distance while having fun.
“I’m excited. I’ve been cooped up in the house with the wife and I’m ready to get out and unwind. We just haven’t been able to do anything. I’m ready to bowl,” customer Gerald Goleman said.
Cole said they want people who feel sick to stay home to keep others safe.
“We cannot police everybody. Everybody’s going to have to do their part in this. We hope that all of our guests coming in will do their part,” Cole said.