Hillcrest Lanes in Arkansas City hopes to open within the next week as the state reopens from a lockdown induced by COVID-19.

Bowling alleys are among the businesses that will be allowed to reopen today as part of the state’s reopening plan. Also on the list of places that can reopen today are museums, movie theaters and other indoor entertainment venues.

Bowling leagues that were suspended during the shutdown will finish their season, and open bowling will also be allowed, said Melissa Zimmerman, the daughter of the bowling alley owners who also helps out there.

Bowlers will be spread out, with at least one empty lane between groups. The number of patrons allowed in at one time will be limited to allow for social distancing and so staff can clean and sanitize between groups. All staff members will be issued personal protective equipment to wear.

Bowling shoes available for rent are already disinfected between users and will continue to be so. Zimmerman said a smaller number of bowling balls than normal will be out, and they will be disinfected between uses.

The alley will eventually begin hosting birthday parties again, but won’t be able to right away because of group size limits, Zimmerman said. She is also unsure if they will host a summer bowling league this year.

Operating hours have not yet been set, but Zimmerman said they will be open most evenings. More details about the reopening and operating procedures will be posted on the Hillcrest Lanes Facebook page.

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