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MLBA responds to Whitmer's order allowing bowling alleys to reopen

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Posted at 9:25 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 21:29:06-04

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Licensed Beverage Association says Whitmer’s order allowing bowling alleys to open for leagues and other organized events isn’t enough.

Whitmer signed an order Thursday that allows gyms, fitness centers and indoor pools to reopen as long as they follow strict safety measures. The order also allows organized sports to resume.

“The governor’s new executive order is a step in the right direction, but it’s not enough to help struggling bowling alleys throughout the state,” MLBA Executive Director Scott Ellis said. “The MLBA worked with several bowling alleys to put together a safe plan for reopening to the public. This plan was sent to the governor.”

Bowling alleys depend on steady business from multiple sources to keep their doors open.

Ellis says alleys often have arcades, bars, restaurants, laser tag and other sources of entertainment – not just bowling.

Because of that, league play may not be enough.

“Many of these businesses cannot survive on league play alone,” Ellis said. “For many, it may not even be worth opening for those few short hours.”