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Hangar 38 patrons happy to be bowling once again

Posted at 8:07 PM, Jun 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 06:55:01-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — Florida is reopening slowly but surely, with bars and bowling alleys receiving the go-ahead to reopen on Friday. When the announcement came down, Hangar 38 managers and employees, along with patrons of the business were very happy for the reopening.

Ashton Dirks told ABC 27 she is very happy to be back bowling with her family. "I haven't really been anywhere because of Covid so I'm very excited."

For the first time in months, Hangar 38 saw a great crowd on Saturday. Before the governor's order came down on Friday, the business was only open for dine-in and take out food services.

Teenager Cason Todd said, "It's been a big change of life, so it's nice to have them open."

One of the co-owners of Hangar 38 said once the governor's order came down, they immediately prepped for the new social distancing changes guidelines. Now, every other bowling lane is blocked off and they are keeping the bar at 50 percent capacity.

Ryan Flury said, "Like always, we've had our people going around sanitizing, keeping the tables at six foot, you know, keeping the social distancing so everyone stays safe."

One patron of the entertainment business, Caitlin Baxley added, "It's important and you actually see people coming around cleaning all of the stations, all of the games, making sure the kids stay safe and clean. They clean up the bowling balls after each of the customers. So, it's a big deal."

While the changes may be an adjustment, customers explained those changes are also reassuring. Trey Dirks said, "For us, it's been nice that the bowling alley at least separates us and gives us a little more comfort as parents, but it's also night to get out and spend time with family."

Brady Scott added, "It's good that they're taking precautions because nobody wants to get sick but everybody wants to come out and do something, get out of the house."