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Bowling alleys happy to see customers again

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Posted at 8:51 AM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 08:58:19-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Monday was an exciting day for Collins Bowling Center as it reopened after closing almost three months ago. Loyal customers arrived when the doors opened at 9:00 a.m. However, there are changes to expect before you put on your bowling shoes.

Reservations can be made online for groups of up to five people. Lanes are spaced out to ensure parties keep a safe distance. There are plenty of other health measures being taken, like a plexiglass barrier at the front desk and constant cleaning.

"We have all the rental bowling balls and everything available, and we've got a lot of chemicals for cleaning them. We've put in extra help here specifically for that," said president Danny Collins.

Food and beverage options are open with a limited menu, and the center is working on an app so people can order right from their lane.

While the reopening day had fewer bowlers than they're used to, employees are still happy.

"Not a lot, but we've got four or five lanes going right now, which just to hear the pins cracking in the background is a great sound," said Collins.

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One thing up in the air is league bowling. Summer leagues are supposed to start now, but Collins said they want to focus on reopening week first.

"All of our leagues are typically run by league officers, league secretaries, and league presidents," he said. "They're kind of like their own entities. They will need to meet with us and come up with a plan on how they want to bring their league back and how they will socially distance and provide a safe environment."

As for special members, like those with the gold membership, the center can't sustain offering free games after closing for three months. While that offer is gone right now, they are planning on offering other discounts.

Overall, the bowling center asks customers to be patient, so everyone can enjoy the reopening.