Entertainment venues reopening under new, strict safety guidelines
As COVID-19 restrictions relax, places like movie theaters, amusement parks, and skating rinks have reopened or are still in the process.
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - As COVID-19 restrictions relax, places like movie theaters, amusement parks, and skating rinks have reopened or are still in the process.
Gov. Edwards’ announcement to include all places of public amusement in Phase 2 spurred a resurgence for businesses and the economy.
Altitude Trampoline Park in Monroe says they were well prepared ahead of the governor’s announcement. General Manager Crystal Acreman told us a lot of precautions they already had in place fell within COVID-19 safety guidelines.
For example, each play station already sits more than 6 feet apart and equipment is scrubbed daily. New measures include requiring all employees to wear masks and taking the temperature of each person that comes in the building.
“All we hear is better safe than sorry. Of course when they come in we’re asking can we take you temperature and sometimes I’ll say, ‘this isn’t supposed to be happening at the trampoline park but everybody is better safe than sorry,” said Acreman.
Meanwhile, places like Cinemark Tinsletown in West Monroe are taking a slower and more gradual approach.
The transition into Phase 2 might appear seamless, but other businesses are running into a number of roadblocks.
“It’s been devastating,” said Kathy Porter.
SkateTown in West Monroe has been a staple in the community for almost half a century.
Kathy Porter says they were ready to reopen on the first day of Phase 2, but then the entire building flooded.
Porter says her family business has never been closed this long, but she refuses to let COVID-19 or any other obstacle shut their doors for good.
“I’m this close to retirement. If I would’ve went out this way I would’ve felt really, really bad because I want to know I did everything I could do and anything I could think of possibly to reinvigorate skating. I want to leave these girls and my boys something and I want to have this place still rolling when I leave,” said Porter.
With fresh carpet laid down and new guidelines in place, she says they’re ready to get things back rolling this week.
“Things will be different. We’ll have sanitizing stations, we’re going to keep encouraging them to only socialize with the group they come with, but they can have fun in small groups just as well as we can have fun together,” said Porter.
Porter says they’re tentatively scheduled to reopen this Friday.
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