After a long period of waiting with no guidance from state officials, bowling alleys in New York are officially cleared to open beginning Monday, August 17th, with some restrictions.

During a conference call Friday, August 14th, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said all New York bowling alleys can reopen with 50 percent occupancy. Every customer and worker is required to wear a face covering and every other lane must be closed.

There are also rules regarding crowded lanes. Customers must stick to their lanes and not "mingle" with others. Strict cleaning must be enforced.

Food and drinks can only be purchased if the establishment has workers to take orders and deliver the food/drinks to the individual lanes that order.

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Earlier this month, local lawmakers called on state officials to allow bowling alleys to reopen.

“Bowling centers are spacious and uniquely able to provide more than 11 feet of space between our bowlers." said Craig Vogel of King Pin Lanes in Rome. "We are committed to safely providing a clean and sanitized center for our valued customers, employees, and family members as we maneuver this difficult time in business."

Senator Daphne Jordan took to social media to show how she and other local lawmakers were in support of the effort of reopening. They delivered hand written messages to Cuomo on bowling pins.

Coming Monday is guidance on gyms reopening in New York.

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