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mrbowling300

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Looks like the bowling restriction is going to be lifted in Michigan next week, in time for fall leagues.  I suspect there will be a limitation on percent of capacity imposed.  I don't know what that means yet for fall leagues.  Where I bowl, there's 32 lanes, and between both leagues, they are filled, so 160 people within that space, plus bowling staff, visitors, etc.  I'm not very optimistic that our league can still function the way we did, pre-covid, under current conditions.  

For those who are in a state that's open, and getting ready for fall leagues, how are your leagues working among the pandemic?

https://detroit.cbslocal.com/2020/08/20/bowling-alleys-fitness-centers-and-movies-theaters-may-open-soon-in-michigan/
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The league I would normally bowl in has postponed the start of the season to after New Year's Day, due mainly to lack of bowler interest at this time.  There currently is also a statewide mandatory mask order in effect and government warnings against public indoor gatherings larger than 50 people or 25% of capacity, whichever is smaller.  Those who are uncomfortable with a weekly 15-minute trip inside a grocery store do not want to spend three hours wearing a mask in a bowling center.   
         
I predict Michigan will have similar standards once its bowling center restrictions are lifted.  Five-player teams would be allowed to bowl unopposed on a pair of lanes if the pairs on either side are unused.  That means 8 teams could bowl at once in a 32-lane center.  If a league has more than 8 teams, it would need to consider shift bowling -- for example, the first 8 teams at 6:00 PM and the other 8 teams at 8:30 PM.  Another option is to divide the league into two smaller leagues, one for each time slot.  That assumes, of course, there are not already late-shift leagues.   

There will be a problem if the number of teams willing to compete exceeds center capacity as specified by the health department.         
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Washington just opened up also. Masks will be required
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New York opened up bowling centers this past Monday.  One lane gap between bowlers, masks mandatory, and bar/food has to be delivered to the lane...you can't go get it yourself.  My son and I went bowling a few days ago...my takeaway from this was:

1) Bowling with a mask on sucks...it gets hot.
2) Trying to exhale into your thumb hole for grip through a mask is understandably nearly impossible.
3) There's no way leagues with 3 or more bowlers per team could even think of bowling "normally"

I suspect the solution for safe league bowling is going to vary from league-to-league and center-to-center, and I fear some leagues simply won't bother.
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Just clarified in Washington. Masks not required while bowling. 2 bowlers per lane and no other spectators in bowling area
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Michigan did get the clearance to open up for bowling.  My league is having a meeting Tuesday.  Most places opened for bowling at midnight the first day they could.  Once place was packed, with very little social distancing and no masks.  The governor's mandate was very vague to the point that some could conclude that bowling is not actually opening!  It appears to be like the wild west, where bowling alley's are basically planning on just going back to the way things were.  The leagues are planning on operating as normal, etc.  I understand these owners are doing whatever it takes to survive.  After being closed for 6 months, many have to be near bankruptcy.  Personally, I plan on sitting out, at least the first half, to see how it goes, the direction of the virus, etc.   
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Here in Ky there's a state mandate to wear masks malls and bowling alleys. Fast food is mainly carryout/
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25% capacity of the entire building. This is set by the fire marshal. For example one of the centers I bowl in the capacity is 384 people. That means they can only have 96 people (including employees) in the building maximum at any giving time. That league decided to default until the first of the year. I'm thinking my once a month league will be doing the same thing. The centers with bigger bars and bigger concourses (more square footage = higher capacity) might be able to pull it off without a hitch. No open bowling, no visitors. 
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Gary, how many lanes in the center where you are waiting till the new year?
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Gary, how many lanes in the center where you are waiting till the new year?


26 lanes for 4 person teams. 
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