Only 35 people will be allowed in Castle Bowl at one time when the facility reopens later this month. Photo: Jason Hartleb

Castle Bowl set to reopen with reduced capacity

Bowling shoes and balls will be disinfected regularly to mitigate the threat of COVID-19

It’s almost time to lace up those bowling shoes again.

Castle Bowl has announced that it will reopen with reduced capacity as early as Aug. 28.

Business owner Roland Handley said things will look different when people walk into the bowling alley again.

“We’ll have hand sanitizing stations and plexiglass set up around the building to reduce the threat of COVID-19,” said Handley.

“While we have six lanes, groups will only be able to bowl in lane one, three and five for public bowling. By maintaining one empty lane, that’ll help us to maintain physical distancing between groups.”

Up to six people will be allowed in each bowling group and it’s possible that you’ll have to reserve a time slot ahead of time.

The occupancy level at the bowling alley is also being reduced from 70 to 35 people.

Cleaning measures are another thing that will be stepped up inside.

“Bowling balls will be sanitized between each group and players in league bowling will be required to sanitize their personal bowling balls,” said Handley.

“Bowling shoes are another thing that will be sanitized with disinfectant after every use and they’ll be put to the side until they’re ready to be used again.”

Handley is still trying to iron out all of the health protocols for league bowling when it starts in mid-September.

Handley plans to consult other bowling alleys across B.C. to see how they’ve been operating recently.

Castle Bowl, which is the only bowling alley in Castlegar, has been closed since mid-March due to COVID-19.

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