Family Entertainment Centers Allow To Reopen Across New York With COVID Safety Protocols In Place

Family entertainment centers will soon reopen in New York State for the first time in nearly a year, but how will they maintain COVID safety? CBS2's Carolyn Gusoff reports.

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- Family entertainment centers will soon reopen in New York state for the first time in nearly a year.

- How will they maintain COVID safety? Here's CBS 2's Carolyn Gusoff.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: They haven't made a dime or seen a kid's smile in nearly a year, yet have sunk more than $100,000 into COVID safety. The owners of Long Island's Laser Bounce are more than ready to let the fun resume.

RYAN DAMICO: We've gone above and beyond to make sure our customers are safe. And when they come here, it's now cleaner and safer than ever.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: Indoor family entertainment centers may reopen March 26th with strict protocols that include a check in to assure contact tracing, face covering, social distancing, touch points constantly disinfected. Many added air filtration, hands free payment, and infrared temperature monitoring.

RYAN DAMICO: It's completely noninvasive. You'll walk right past it. You won't even know you had your temperature checked.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: And capacity is capped at 25%, which some owners call an injustice.

JOE DAMICO: Bowling alleys are allowed to open 50%. We're at 25%. We can't keep the doors open at 25%. It's a smack in the face to get open at that kind of numbers.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: Surrounding states allowed these businesses to reopen over the summer, proving, says the owner of Urban Air, it's safe.

DAVID WOLMETZ: Served four million guests over the last eight months without a reported-- and employees that are working without a reported case traced back to our park. We're safe.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: Grateful for the green light amid worry it's too little too late. 45 indoor venues are still suing New York over shutdown orders. Outdoor venues will be allowed to reopen at 33%. The owner of Adventureland says extra staff will be needed for COVID safety.

STEVEN GENTILE: For our park that's been there since 1962, a whole new environment, a whole new business model, so to speak. And we're prepared. We're going to, we are prepared for it. We're happy to implement it.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: Many of these businesses did receive money through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, but much of that money needs to be paid back. They're asking for a federal grant program like the one that's helping shuttered performance venues so they can bounce back too. In Levittown, Long Island, Carolyn Gusoff, CBS 2 News.