The family-owned Lloyd Lanes opens its doors to residents looking to bowl yesterday after 109 days closed.
Co-owner Jody Macdonald said although its been months of uncertainty on when it would open, she and her husband Rob have spent the time getting ready to reopen.
“During this time we took time to do upgrades, maintenance, and clean the place really well. Once we had the guidelines form Alberta and Saskatchewan Bowling we ended up being able to implement really cool things to make your experience really safe here.”
Following safety guidelines, the facility has hand sanitizer stations set up, with markings placed on the floor to abide by physical distancing, as well as a contact tracing form for bowlers to fill out.
“We will have your names and the time and date you were here so if anything ever does arise, we can definitely trace and contact people. It will be on file for the two weeks we need them,” adds Macdonald.
When residents arrive they will also receive a bucket of sanitized bowling balls instead of grabbing them right at the lane.
“We have taken out a lot of the tables because we’re only going to have bowlers in [the lane] they’re bowling. You have to come five or ten minutes early and leave when you’re done as part of the rules so you can just sit down afterward.”
As the lanes already laid out for proper spacing, all bowlers must stay at their allotted lane, which is marked by tape.
Tables are also distanced from the lanes for people waiting to play for a maximum of six people.
Once finished the unsanitized shoes and balls must be placed on the table near the exit.
Macdonald said a touchscreen payment system was also installed which can be brought to a table if needed.
The kitchen will not be open but concession will be available for those looking for a snack.
Lloyd Lanes will be using their summer hours of Wednesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Glow bowling will start at 5 p.m. throughout the week and begin at 3 p.m. on Saturdays.