UTICA, N.Y. --- For bowling alley owners across the state, Friday has been a long time coming. Governor Cuomo announced bowling alleys will be allowed to reopen on Monday as long as they follow specific health guidelines.
Vista Lanes owner Tony Lapolla said its been a long 5 months of being closed and is ready to welcome back customers.
"My Bowlers are ready I'm already getting many phone calls after this announcement and we're doing the best we can and we just can't wait," said Lapolla.
Lapolla said the decision came just in time for the league season. A time when alleys make a majority of their profits. Owners said depending on league size, match times may be divided up due to lack of space. Meetings with league leaders are planned for next week to work out more details.
"Well we're running out of money and I just want to make sure we can get through. Even though we did get some money from the government, it's still not enough to keep us going. so we do need some income to keep us alive," said Lapolla.
Bowlers will be welcomed back on Monday to some guidelines many of us are used to. Masks will be required and every other lane will be closed to allow for social distancing.
King Pin Lanes owner Craig Volger said congregation areas such as the bar and lounge will be closed because of health guidelines.
The lounge itself will stay closed. We have a service window back here and we will be able to serve food and beverage out to the bowlers. We will also have a sanitation staff that will be sanitizing the lanes after each use," said Vogler.
Guidelines these owners hope to follow to avoid possible consequences.
"While they're bowling, they need to wear a mask that's stated by Governor Cuomo. So we need to play by his rules or else he will close us up just as fast as we opened," said Lapolla.
The Governor also said further guidance on gyms will come on Monday.