TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Effective Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott is allowing bowling alleys to reopen under his Open Texas plan. There will be new guidelines and restrictions in place to ensure social distancing when you visit.
Precautions are being taken to ensure better hygiene practices at bowling alleys across the state.
Andrew Turner, general manager for Green Acres Bowl in Tyler, says he’s disinfecting equipment after each use and signs throughout the building to remind customers to social distance.
“We want to protect the customers, our employees and the well-being of the business and the industry. These are the steps that you have to take,” he said.
Bowling alleys can operate at 25% occupancy, while ensuring six feet of social distancing between parties. Interactive games and video arcades remain closed.
As COVID-19 government restrictions loosen, frequent bowler Gary Milner says he’s glad to be back doing what he loves.
“I personally and there’s a lot of people just like me bowl here, four or five times a week. That took a lot away from all of us. That’s why you saw so many here this morning already bowling...we’ve been missing it,” Milner said.
Turner received a payment protection program loan because he says that this COVID-19 pandemic affected the industry at a popular time.
“March and April are some of the largest months for the bowling industry and the entertainment industry period. So, having that taken away was a pretty big hit,” Turner said.
Milner says he’s now preparing for summer leagues.
“We’re right in the middle of getting our league started for the summer, which I’m apart of a lot of them so we’ve got a lot of things to do trying to put all of those things together; we’ve got a lot going on for the next two weeks,” he said.
Governor Abbott says to also have hand sanitizer readily available.
For more information on Abbott’s plan to reopen Texas, click here.