Arcades, indoor leisure busy after COVID restrictions lifted – Boston 25 Information

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – That rainy weekend was actually a plus for indoor entertainment centers like arcades, which opened at full capacity for the first time since the pandemic began.

Fun and Games at Framingham could be at full capacity this weekend for the first time in over a year.

“This weekend was a big difference, lots of people came in, lots of people came in that we haven’t seen in a while,” said Michael Tolson, one of the managers.

Tolson said they followed CDC guidelines last year by slowly increasing their capacity limits since they reopened last fall. After Massachusetts lifts all COVID-19 restrictions, arcades and entertainment centers are finally seeing a much-needed boost to business.

“It’s great to have a lot more normality, the plexiglass has come off both counters, the games aren’t spread out like it’s back to normal,” said Collin Whitney, one of the managers.

The managers say you don’t have to wear a mask if you have been vaccinated, but you can still if you are more comfortable.

“Just walking around without a mask and knowing that most people are vaccinated is wonderful,” said Kelly Drummy, who took her daughter to Fun and Games on Sunday.

Many families breathed a sigh of relief and ventured into indoor activities for the first time in over a year on this rainy weekend.

“We are very happy to be out with a small child,” said Drummy.

As business returns to normal, some logs remain, such as: B. the provision of hand disinfection stations in the entire arcade, and the employees are still constantly disinfecting the machines.

“The pandemic has many benefits, makes us more cautious, allows us to make the games more hygienic and all,” said Whitney.

The managers say the best part about the changes this weekend is getting back to reconnecting with customers in person.

“You can actually see their smiles and that was one of the best things for us to see familiar faces smile and happy to be here,” said Tolson.

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