Leisure trade enterprise house owners regulate to lifted COVID-19 precautions

MARQUETTE, Michigan (WLUC) – The entertainment industry has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but business owners in the industry are already seeing the effects of the end of Michigan’s indoor capacity limitation and mask mandate.

Edge of Reality VR Arcade Owner Robert Shirlin said the past year has been difficult.

“We’re still not quite down to our 2019 numbers, but we’re seeing an upward trend. We’re starting to see people come in now. They’re still worried about masks and safety, ”he said.

No masks are required in the arcade, but Shirlin said additional precautions are still being taken.

“Not only do we clean everything with Clorox disinfectant, we also use UVC light to ensure that all of our equipment is clean and ready for the next customer.”

Reservations for individuals and groups are still being accepted, but walk-ins are allowed if space is available.

In the parish of Marquette, Superior entertainment center Manager and mechanic Terry Kirkum said summer is the bowling alley’s slow season, but visitor numbers have been increasing throughout the week and safety is still the center’s top priority.

“We don’t need masks anymore. It is up to the customer whether they want to wear one or not. We still sanitize every single bowling ball, all video games. We disinfect everything we can to keep our customers as safe as possible, ”said Kirkum.

The bowling alley is currently understaffed, so limited opening times still apply.

“We are currently only open from Tuesday to Friday. We can make exceptions for the weekend if it rains and has bad weather or if we have enough lead time for a larger group, ”said Kirkum.

Both the bowling alley and Edge of Reality recommend reserving or calling in advance if possible.

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A peek behind the masks, precautions on the pandemic Grammys | Leisure

My cameraman uses a 6 foot boom mic to keep distance.

In a separate, cordoned-off area of ​​the centre’s largest hall, artists who would normally be crammed together in a squirming crowd on the Staples Center stage are instead using four separate stages facing each other so that artists performing together can stay away from the audience .

Outside the sprawling building, carpenters and technicians have built the stages that will serve as the turntable for the awards ceremony on Sunday.

The Grammys security and credentials protocol has always been very strict, but mouth swabs and thermometers have never been used. At the start of the show on Sunday, I’ll have five COVID-19 tests done in 11 days. If we get a negative (fingers crossed) result, we’ll get a credential, but we still have our temperature taken daily before we enter.

During a normal Grammys week, I would be all over town reporting on the crowded events that are part of the ritual, like the Clive Davis annual gala.

Anthony Hamilton, who appears on TV with Roddy Ricch and DaBaby, told me, “It’s almost like Mardi Gras in LA when it’s Grammy time.”

“I’m used to everyone being here at the same time,” he said when we were almost alone in the interview room. “A room full of people, all of your co-workers, every musician you ever wanted to see in the music, meet the media room and the people in the mall, walking around with all the different fashion houses and just having a good time, a big party. “