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Looks like bowling alley's are able to open back up by July 4 in Michigan....very good news.

https://wwmt.com/news/state/whitmer-movie-theaters-gyms-to-open-statewide-by-july-4-if-the-state-stays-on-track
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I'm kinda glad they're still closed here in NY...saves me the trouble of having to weigh my love for bowling vs. the risk of getting the 'rona in the bowling center [wink]
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Frau Whitmer is trying desperately to keep totalitarian control over the state.  Can't wait until we vote her out in two years, if she doesn't get recalled before then.
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PARDON MY RANT!

 

June 19, 2020

 

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Our center has been closed for 108 days. During that time we lost more than $750,000 in revenue and were forced to furlough 50 employees TWICE! And we are just one of hundreds of businesses in North Carolina experiencing the same plight. But the truly astounding thing to me is that our state's leadership doesn't seem to have a clue, nor care, about the devastatingly negative impact this has had on our business, on our employees, on our vendors and on our customers. 

 

We are done playing nice.

 

Our Governor blindsided us last month when he announced, two days before we were supposed to re-open, that "bowling alleys" would be moved from being able to open in Phase 2, to having to wait until the beginning of Phase 3 (June 26). While I watched that announcement, 50 employees were busy cleaning the entire bowling center, overhauling the pinspotters and painting and prepping for the reopening we thought would take place on May 23rd. A few hours later, I broke the news to them that they would be furloughed for a second time.

 

Up until that point, I had been supportive of the actions taken by our state leadership. I don't envy the governor's job. Initially, I thought he was making sound decisions under the most difficult of circumstances. No more do I feel that way. This issue has clearly become a political battle with no regard for the true welfare of the people and businesses our politicians are supposed to serve.

 

There is no science and no logic to the decisions being made. It was (and is) ridiculous that certain businesses (fitness centers, movie theaters, bars, bowling centers) were arbitrarily singled out as not being "safe enough" to open while others (day care centers, restaurants, public swimming pools, nail salons and beauty parlors) were deemed otherwise. Seriously? A day care center, a nail salon or a small restaurant is safer than my 48,000 square foot bowling center? There was no regard for the fact that certain counties and cities have almost no COVID19 cases while others are hot spots.

 

There have been numerous lawsuits filed and several state assembly actions taken to reverse the pointless, poorly executed actions taken by our Governor. The fitness center owners sued. The bar owners sued. The bowling proprietors association sued. House Bill 564 passed which allows bars and fitness centers to reopen. It will be vetoed by the Governor. Senate Bill 599 passed and will allow bowling centers and skating rinks to reopen. Cooper will likely veto it.

 

Now the Governor is suggesting he will extend Phase 2 or even revert back to Phase 1. Well, we are officially in Phase "Enough is Enough." We will re-open on June 26, at 5:00 p.m., regardless of what our Governor announces next week.

 
   *****Just got this E-Mail from my "Home Alley" in Moorseville, North Carolina*******
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Bowling quite simply is not a priority among politicians, who consider it a niche sport for poor old geezers lacking the technical skill to complain on social media the way Millennials voice their frustration with closed restaurants.  It all depends on who has the best lobbyists at City Hall and the Capitol.  In my city, even liquor stores and pot shops were deemed "essential" and allowed to remain open, while most other businesses and offices were forced to close for two months. 
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COBowler, In California , full time use of face masks was put back in force.What"s next ?

There has already been instances of delayed reporting of positive tests being resposible for the "spikes"
in "daily" reports. So weekly numbers are counted as a daily number.
These are not the first false reports causing a false panic as an excuse to keep us subdued.
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I think it's less of an issue of politicians not prioritizing bowling, but more of a concern about it being an INDOOR sport where the health threats are potentially higher.  Yes, you can put 2-3 lanes between bowlers to keep social distancing but league bowling is certainly going to be a problem once August/September roll around.  Not a particularly easy problem to solve.
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I think it's less of an issue of politicians not prioritizing bowling, but more of a concern about it being an INDOOR sport where the health threats are potentially higher.  Yes, you can put 2-3 lanes between bowlers to keep social distancing but league bowling is certainly going to be a problem once August/September roll around.  Not a particularly easy problem to solve.


I'm very concerned about starting up with fall leagues, and how that is going to work, etc.  And if there is a second wave, will there be another shut down?
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I'm very concerned about starting up with fall leagues, and how that is going to work, etc.  And if there is a second wave, will there be another shut down?


I don't think there's going to be a single answer for everybody...each league is going to have to figure out what works best for their particular circumstances.  If the USBC is smart about it they'll give leagues the leeway to figure out some sort of playable arrangement to make leagues happen, otherwise leagues either won't bowl at all or will bowl without sanctioning.

 
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I agree with cobowler. Typical of the way our game gets treated. Interestingly the BPAA president in Washington had a long article on the editorial page of the Spokane Paper today begging to allow bowling centers to re open like nail spas and hair salons.

As a footnote, Sookane has only 14 people hospitalized and no deaths in the last 2 weeks.
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Frau Whitmer is trying desperately to keep totalitarian control over the state.  Can't wait until we vote her out in two years, if she doesn't get recalled before then.

Happily, a majority of Michigan voters are glad that she knows that asking toddlers to not eat the Tide Pods isn’t good enough. You have to take them away from them.
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