When Hollywood Bowl in Ashton plans to reopen

Hollywood Bowl has given a provisional date of when it plans to reopen its centre at Ashton Leisure Park. 

The company had to close its 54 centres across the country when lockdown restrictions were imposed back in March but has confirmed it is planning to re-open from Saturday 4 July in line with government guidance. 

Its centres in Scotland and Wales are set to remain temporarily closed until later in July. 

The company say stringent safety and cleaning measures and guidance will be in place in order to welcome back customers and staff. 

Stephen Burns, Chief Executive at Hollywood Bowl Group, said: "The health and safety of our customers and team remains our priority. Whether it’s to bowl, enjoy the amusement areas, have a bite to eat or something to drink, we want to assure our customers that we are doing everything we can to create a safe and fun experience for families to return to. We look forward to welcoming them back through our doors very soon." 

The centre will reduce the number of ten-pin bowling lanes in play by using only alternate lanes to provide extra space between each game taking place. 

Amusement machines, as well as bar and diner seating, will be appropriately spaced out and signage will be visible throughout the venue to remind customers to maintain a safe distance from others.

There will be reduced customer capacity to ensure that social distancing measures can be adhered to, and groups will be restricted to a maximum of six people, with bowlers asked to arrive slightly ahead of their booking time.

Customers may also be required to queue when entering the centre and checking in for their games, ensuring they keep a safe distance from others.   

They will also be given the option of wearing disposable gloves when bowling and playing on the amusement areas, and will be asked to wear their own footwear whilst bowling.

Upon entering the centre, customers will be expected to use hand sanitiser, which will be readily available at dispensers. Enhanced cleaning will take place throughout the day, including the cleaning of bowling balls, lane seating and touch screens in between games.

Hollywood Bowl will continue to accept cash and is encouraging customers to use contactless payment where possible. There will be safety shields at all tills to protect both team members and customers.

Food and drink can be pre-ordered from the in-centre diners and bars, with cutlery and sauces provided to guests with their meal.

In addition, all staff will undergo daily temperature checks and will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment to ensure their own safety and that of customers.

Customers are now able to make bookings via the Hollywood Bowl website www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk, with bowling slots being available from 4 July. Should Government guidelines change and the centre isn't able to reopen as planned, full refunds on all bookings will be available.  

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