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Do you believe there will be a fall bowling season?
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I am not optimistic that in the Detroit area we will have a bowling season.  As of this point in time, bowling alley's, theaters, gyms are still closed.   Michigan was on a good path to minimizing the spread of Covid around Memorial Day.  Since then, we have taken a step backwards, and cases are back to increasing.  Bars are back to being closed, etc.  Honestly, I do not see much changing in Michigan between now and Labor Day.  Therefore, I don't see bowling opening back up here anytime soon.  The fallout to the bowling industry in Michigan will be irreparable.  We have about 50 centers in the area.  I would not be surprised if only 1/3 of that amount will have survived when we get going again.
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I'm leaning toward no. Thinking we many not see the ability to bowl anything bigger than a doubles league before November. My gut tells me we may salvage the second half of the season. 

Not that it affects me, but I cannot believe the USBC hasn't pushed the weight hole elimination back again. You can't get into any pro shop that's inside a center right now. 
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One good thing about the Strike and Spares  lanes I bowl at is it's so dirty
the virus couldn't possibly survive. Pitiful housekeeping

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There will be limited edition leagues in the Louisville Ky area and on Fort Knox Army post, but I won't bowl in either one.  I am taking the winter off.


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This isn't an all-or-nothing answer...it's going to vary state-by-state.  Here in NY we have things reasonably under control so I could see our governor allowing bowling centers to open if social distancing is strictly enforced.  If that happens I think it's totally possible that my league could switch to three singles squads on Thursday night instead of the 3-man teams all bowling as-usual...this would allow for the needed social distancing.  Part of the appeal of our league is that we all know each other and have a lot of fun together and only having 1/3rd of the league in the center at a time will decrease the fun factor, but it's better than nothing.

If none of the leagues in our center take place this season I don't see how the center will survive this.  Being a small 8-lane center they were already on the knife's edge before everything went to hell.

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I proposed that if there is still restrictions come fall to bowl two week matches. Two bowlers bowl one week and the other two bowl the following week. Use the cumulative score to see who wins the matches. Forget jackpots, strikeball and 50/50 and just bowl.  
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I think there are scenarios that would allow some type of competitive league bowling this fall. The problem could be whether it would be financially viable for centers to operate in such scenarios
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Oak Lanes in my area has a pretty big Friday night league, 30+ teams.  They had a meeting earlier this week to see how to proceed, assuming the bowling alley is open.  They have 60 lanes.  They offered 3 options.  1.  Each team bowling on one pair of lanes, i.e., like bowling the blind.  2.  Breaking up the teams into an early and late shift.  3.  Using only 3 of the 5 team members in a line up, effectively making it a trio league and rotating, so that there is no more than 6 to a pair.  All the while, no visitors would be allowed in the center, only those who are bowling in the league.  There are pros-cons to each scenario.  I heard most were not happy with any of the options.  Until things are back to normal, whatever that will be, I think you will lose half of the bowlers anyway being protective of themselves, etc.  

Meanwhile, I have not heard anything from any of my leagues about what's happening.  And as I mentioned, unless something radically changes within MI, bowling alleys won't be open anyway.

There is also a pending lawsuit between the Bowling Proprietors of Michigan and the Governor of Michigan that was filed on Monday.  The proprietors feel she is unfairly keeping their businesses closed, as they feel they can maintain adequate social distance and keep their customers safe.
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The British national association have today said that they cannot see any leagues or tournaments recommencing till after September earliest and any that do before then will not receive a sanction.
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League starts Aug 28   with the new sanction opposed this week we start
as following.  36 teams in our league. 18 will bowl at 10 and the other 18 at
1:30 until the new sanctions are lifted. There 2 lanes separating the bowlers and
you don't have to wear a mask when bowling but must when you bowl and return
off the lanes

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League starts Aug 28   with the new sanction opposed this week we start
as following.  36 teams in our league. 18 will bowl at 10 and the other 18 at
1:30 until the new sanctions are lifted. There 2 lanes separating the bowlers and
you don't have to wear a mask when bowling but must when you bowl and return
off the lanes


My league has 18, five man teams in a 32 lane house.  The other 14 lanes are used by another league at the same time.  We could bowl in shifts, but the 2nd shift would start at 9.30pm, so I don't think that would work.  We are land locked by the league next to us, so spreading out does not work.  Of course, the centers are still closed as of now, so any talk of what's going to happen is moot, as we don't know.  There is supposed to be a rally at Lansing for the bowling community to voice their opinions.  The way cases are up ticking in Michigan, I just do not see anything changing no matter what the voiced opinions say.  What complicates matters, the governor of MI has allowed the three Detroit casinos to open up, but at 15% capacity.  They got pressured from special interest groups, city of Detroit, etc, as the tax revenue is enormous, and the governments involved (Detroit and MI) who benefit from those tax dollars miss those revenues.
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Even a 5-player team bowling unopposed on a pair of lanes would not be allowed under most Health Department guidelines or government restriction orders, since in most cases, the five bowlers would not qualify under the "living together with shared home exposure" exception for public group gatherings.
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I've checked several bowling centers on google that are in my area. Some are temporarily closed until the pandemic is completely gone while others have simply just changed their hours. For example, Tiki Lanes, located in Lancaster, OH and Holiday Lanes, located in Columbus, OH are closed until the COVID-19 is completely gone while Sawmill Lanes, Columbus Square Bowling Palace and Wayne Webb Columbus Bowl changed their hours. 

I checked the website for Wayne Webb Columbus Bowl and they have leagues posted. So unless they cancel them at the last minute, it looks like they're going to have them.
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