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Indoor Family Entertainment Centers Reopen In New York

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There are more entertainment options for families in New York. CBS2's Carolyn Gusoff reports.

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- One more step on the road to reopening, more entertainment options available for New Yorkers.

- Large indoor family centers welcome back visitors today. CBS 2's Carolyn Gusoff has more.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: The first families arriving at Laser Bounce as indoor family entertainment centers open their doors for the first time since last March.

KELLY BRUCKNER: Today, he woke up saying, is it 3 o'clock yet? How much longer? How much longer? So it's amazing we finally made it.

- Here we go.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: Celebration by owners as they opened to 25% capacity at indoor centers. Face coverings, temperature checks at entries, along with check-ins to ensure contact tracing. Tickets must be sold in advance with appointment times to avoid congestion, and air filtration required. At Laser Bounce in Glendale, Queens, it's been a long year of no revenue and investments in safety. But owners are ecstatic to finally have the green light.

RYAN D'AMICO: The moment you step through our facility, you'll pass by our thermal scanners, you'll notice extra clean team staff.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: Center manager Octavia Haynes, laid off for a year, relieved to be back to what she calls a forgotten industry.

OCTAVIA HAYNES: We're happy for this opportunity after a year being closed. We are ready to welcome our guests.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: But outdoor amusement parks will have to wait until April 9th to open. With schools closed next week, the owner of Adventureland questions the wisdom of opening indoor venues before outdoor parks.

STEVEN GENTILE: They should have wanted us to open up our outdoor facilities to accommodate and entertain that many kids. We're ready. If they changed their minds today and said that the indoor-- outdoor facilities can open, we're ready.

CAROLYN GUSOFF: They've been closed since October 2019 and fear the 33% cap for outdoor centers is too little, too late. They're lobbying for 50% by summer. Long shuttered businesses say they are safe and ready to bounce back. In Levittown, Long Island, Carolyn Gusoff, CBS 2 News.

- Several business owners are suing New York state for unequal treatment in the shutdown, as bowling alleys and casinos have been open for months.