Household Leisure Facilities Put together For March Reopening Beneath New York’s Strict COVID Security Protocols – CBS New York

LEVITTOWN, NY (CBSNewYork) – Finally, family entertainment centers will be reopening soon new York completely closed after almost a year.

But how are they maintained? COVID Safety?

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The owners of Laser Bounce on long Island are more than ready to let the fun resume. You haven’t made a penny or seen a kid’s smile in almost a year but have poured more than $ 100,000 into safety from COVID.

“We have done everything we can to make sure our customers are safe and when they come here it will now be cleaner and safer than ever,” said Ryan Damico of Laser Bounce to Carolyn Gusoff of CBS2.

Indoor family entertainment centers can reopen on March 26th with strict protocols that include:

  • Check in to ensure contact tracking,
  • Face coverings,
  • social distancing,
  • Points of contact consistently disinfected,
  • Air filtration,
  • Hands-free payment,
  • and infrared temperature monitoring.

“It’s completely non-invasive. You walk right past it. You won’t even know you checked your temperature, ”said Damico.

Capacity is capped at 25% which some owners call an injustice.

“Bowling alleys were may open at 50%We’re at 25%. We can’t keep the doors open 25%, ”said Joe Damico, owner of Laser Bounce. “It’s a slap in the face to open at these numbers.”

The surrounding states allowed these companies to reopen what the owner of Urban air in Lake Grove said proves it’s safe.

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“In the past eight months, 4 million guests and employees have been served without a reported case being traced back to our park. We are safe, ”said David Wolmetz, co-owner of Urban Air.

Wolmetz is grateful for the green light, out of concern that it is too little too late. 45 indoor venues are still suing New York over the shutdown orders.

Outdoor venues are 33% allowed to reopen.

Jack Sterne, a spokesman for the Cuomo Administrationsaid in a statement to CBS2:

We understand that everyone wants to reopen as much as possible asap – and we share that goal as long as it can be safely done. We are still battling a deadly pandemic and any industry that reopens must follow detailed public health guidelines, including capacity constraints. This public health crisis is not over yet, and these rules are helping to stop the spread of COVID, save lives, and keep businesses open.

The owner of Advenureland says additional staff will be needed to keep COVID safe.

“It will be a whole new environment for our park, which has been there since 1962,” said Steven Gentile, owner of Adventureland. “It’s going to be a whole new business model, so to speak, and we’re prepared for it … and we’re excited to be doing it.”

Many of these companies received money from the federal paycheck protection program. But much of the money has to be paid back.

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They are calling for a federal scholarship program, like one that helps closed venues so they can get back on their feet too.