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Bowling alleys remain closed, co-owner says 'could be devastating'

Posted at 6:08 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 00:50:59-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — While plenty of things across Colorado are now open there's still a handful of places that haven't gotten the all-clear yet despite safety measures they're implementing.

Some of those places include movie theaters, casinos, and bowling alleys. We spoke with a co-owner of PinHeadz Bowl in Colorado Springs who believes it's time to get back to business.

Co-Owner Chuck Yaklich said, "It's been rough, it really has."

Unlike restaurants, shops, and other establishments, PinHeadz Bowl hasn't seen any business since mid-March due to COVID-19 restrictions.

"We were starting to do very, very well and then this hit."

Yaklich shared that he might not be able to keep up with the temporary closure much longer.

"Probably another month."

If he's not allowed to open soon it "could be devastating."

In the meantime though, he wants to show El Paso County and state leaders what safety measures he's taking in the hopes that restrictions will be lifted before its too late.

He said, "It can be done. I think bowling can do as well as anybody else."

He's had signs made to promote social distancing when people check in and when they're on the lanes.

"We've set up every other lane. There's six feet between the two far as balls and shoes...we're going to ask everybody to just put them down, leave them on the lanes. We'll come down. We'll disinfect them. We'll spray far as...your keyboards and such, once someone's done bowling we'll come down here and we'll make sure we clean it all off."

Along with sanitizing stations throughout the center employees will be required to wear face masks and it will be recommended that customers do the same.

Yaklich shared that he's received a call from El Paso County Public Health asking him to submit his reopening plans which will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners next week.