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Bowling alleys across New York will be allowed to open Monday after a five-month shutdown during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

Bowling center owners will be required to limit capacity to 50% and bowlers will have to stay at their assigned lanes, Cuomo said.

Food and alcohol service will be permitted, but only by wait service at individual lanes.

“They come to you,” Cuomo said in a telephone briefing with reporters. “You don’t go to a bar. They come to you.”

Bowling alleys were one of the last business activities singled out for closure as New York state reopens from the pandemic shutdown. Some bowling alley owners had complained they received no new guidance from the state this month.
 
petition asking Cuomo to allow bowling centers to reopen gathered more than 7,600 signatures across the state.
 

The governor’s decision on bowling alleys leaves gyms as one of the few remaining businesses that have not been cleared for reopening after the shutdown. Cuomo said he expects the state will issue protocols on Monday detailing what’s necessary for gyms to reopen.

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https://www.wivb.com/news/new-york/cuomo-bowling-alleys-can-reopen-monday-protocols-on-gyms-to-come-on-monday-as-well/

ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a telephone press conference with reporters on Friday that on Monday, bowling alleys would be allowed to open, and protocols for gyms opening would come on Monday as well.

Cuomo said that on Monday, bowling alleys would be able to open at a 50% capacity. Everyone must wear face coverings, and every other lane would be closed. Cuomo said that food and drinks could be consumed around the lanes, but bars would not be open, and that those bowling must stay at their lanes and with their parties. The bowling alley must also have cleaning protocols in place.

On the heels of this announcement, Cuomo said that on Monday, protocols for gyms being able to open will be released.

In other good news, Cuomo said that low-risk indoor cultural activities, like museums, can open in New York City on August 24 at 25% maximum occupancy, as long as everyone is wearing face coverings, and there are pre-set staggered entry times.

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Yea for us! [biggrin]


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So California should be next since we are naturally more socially distant.
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Whoever decided to keep every other lane closed clearly has no understanding of how organized bowling works.

The social distance spacing issue is not solved simply by having all the even-numbered lanes turned off.  There would never be more than one bowler on the approach of any pair of lanes at a given moment, anyway. 

Most bowling center seating areas are designed in groups of four lanes, with a shared entrance in back of the two pairs.  That is the place where bowlers are far more likely to get within six feet of one another, not on the approach.
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So California should be next since we are naturally more socially distant.


Considering how quickly your state blew past us in terms of Covid cases I wouldn't hold my breath.  Hopefully Newsom can get the situation out there under control as well as our Governor Cuomo did.


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Why does Cuomo get a pass for early on sending covid patients to nursing homes?
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