Killeen: Some bowling alleys and skating rinks prepare to reopen

Some area skating rinks and bowling alleys are preparing to reopen with some restrictions, just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by Alex Gibbs)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Some Central Texas bowling alleys and skating rinks are preparing to reopen, just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend.

At Bowlerama in Killeen, the staff is getting ready to reopen at 25% occupancy with other social distancing guidelines in place.

"It's more than business for us because our bowlers are our family," said front desk manager Larissa Mitchell.

"We're going to ask all of our open bowlers to leave all their bowling balls and shoes they rent down at their lanes so we can clean them before we give them away to the next customer."

Arcade games will be off limits, restrooms will be cleaned every 30 minutes, employees will be required to wear masks and gloves and some operators will require guests to wear masks as well.

Other businesses will not be reopening quite so soon.

The owners of Texas Skateland in Harker Heights say they're not going to open for a few more weeks in order to rehire staff.

"We're going to be looking for some new employees," said Shirley Morken.

"We haven't made a penny in two months but that's to be expected with everyone around town. We were fortunate enough to survive this and we're gonna open until we're certain that we can handle everything.

Even with all of the social distancing guidelines, Mitchell says she's happy to reopen to give families something to do outside of home.

"It wasn't just that we weren't getting able to bowl. We didn't get to see our friends for two months," she said.

"That was almost harder than having to close. Our bowling family is why we're here. They're the reason that our doors are open and we've missed them."

Texas Skateland is hoping to reopen by the first week of June.