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Taylor Connell ran to get a bowling ball from one in every of Apex Leisure’s bowling machines. As quickly as she grabbed the ball, she slung it down the alley to get her mom’s consideration.
Samantha Connell smiled again at her daughter. She’s introduced her household to bowl at Apex ever for the reason that facility opened in December 2018. She’s doing the identical now, even through the COVID-19 pandemic, as a result of she feels that Apex is a secure house for her kids to have enjoyable.
Apex, situated in Future USA, options an arcade, bowling alley and digital actuality video games. After months of being shut down, the 55,000-square-foot facility resumed operations Oct. 7 whereas following tips from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
Now, bowlers at Apex usually use each different lane to apply social distancing.
“Simply the best way they’re spacing folks out,” Samantha stated. “We love bowling, and we did it rather a lot in the beginning bought shut down.”
On a column outdoors of Apex’s neon mild entrance is an indication telling patrons to stick to social distancing and put on a masks. Rob Luzzi, Apex’s communication relations supervisor, desires the leisure middle to be each secure and enjoyable. He got here into his managerial place per week earlier than the ability closed its doorways March 16.
“My timing was impeccable,” Luzzi stated.
Lacie Massard, who works on the bowling alley, gave out bowling sneakers Friday night time. However as a substitute of simply cleansing the within of the shoe as she did earlier than the pandemic, she now has to scrub each a part of the shoe after getting them again from clients. Massard additionally cleans every bowling lane after a buyer makes use of it, and she or he and all different workers are mandated to put on masks.
Workers clear the entire facility, not simply the bowling alleys. Apex has reduce down the quantity of people that can take part in laser tag, and workers clear all of the gear clients use.
Whereas collaborating in Apex’s digital actuality gaming, clients stand on socially-distanced spots to make sure they don’t are available in contact with different gamers. Apex workers additionally wipe down the digital actuality tools after each use.
However one primary attraction stays closed: the arcade. A buyer hasn’t touched the arcade and its over 50 video games since March. The largest concern with the arcade is that it has a excessive variety of touchpoints the place the virus might unfold from buyer to buyer, Luzzi stated.
The arcade’s machines have been nonetheless on although nobody was utilizing them, however the prize store was nonetheless roped off.
“A whole lot of the video games are lit up as a result of we don’t need it to be darkish out entrance, however the arcade’s closed,” Luzzi stated.
Together with the leisure amenities Apex’s restaurant can be following COVID-19 tips. Menus have been changed with QR codes, and further hand sanitizer and sanitary wipes can be found to wipe tables and seats down.
“Once we open the doorways each day, we’re making an attempt to only have folks know that they’ll have enjoyable, and really feel secure and comfy,” Luzzi stated. “All the things else from there’ll deal with itself.”
Printed on October 18, 2020 at 9:34 pm