Bowling centers reopening

Portland's bowling alleys got the state to recognize their plight
Staff Report

A week of motivated rallies helped Portland-area bowling alleys get the state to reconsider Phase One requirements and allow them to reopen immediately in news reported Thursday afternoon.

Bowling alleys in the tri-county area (Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas) had been closed since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March caused the state to create a three-phase guide for reopening. After seven months, all three counties remain in Phase One, which keeps non-essential businesses such as bowling alleys that involve larger groups of people to gather in the state of closure.

A rally on Oct. 11 involving the 15 Portland-area lanes, got local media attention, and a promotional video the state bowling business leaders produced showing the safeguards they'd put in place, caused the state to reconsider its guidelines. The move allows skating rinks to reopen as well.

Tough guidelines still exist such as closure by 10 p.m., and no more than 50 people are allowed in the lanes at one time. But, the business operators have already prepped for such guidelines, including closing every other lane and constantly cleaning all surfaces.