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Parkway Lanes eyes possible opening if restrictions ease

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Bowling alleys may still be waiting for the go ahead to reopen, but they are working towards developing rules and regulations to follow when they are allowed to open.
Frank Scinocca, owner and operator of Parkway Lanes in Dauphin said two national organizations are working together on an overall plan to put in place for all bowling centres, whether they are members or not.
“Recommendations for the safety of the public, as well as employees,” he said.
Since closing the doors, Scinocca and his staff has been busy with renovations, upgrading and painting. A crew of seven people, including students, have been working in shifts to renovate the building.
“We’re actually very busy. It’s amazing how much you can get done without the public coming in,” he said, adding they are paying close attention to what they might need in terms of material for opening.
“They’re talking shields for employees. And gloves and so on. We may have to order those in advance, so we’re trying to stay on top of that,” he said.
With the provincial government easing some restrictions allowing some businesses to open, Scinocca hopes bowling alleys will soon be allowed to follow suit.
“Cautiously, we have to stay as safe as we can. But we absolutely have to get back to business and get rolling again,” he said.
“It’s just so hard on a business to close for such a lengthy period of time. And I know a lot of businesses won’t even reopen. It’s just too costly,” he said.
One costly measure Scinocca faces is having to pay the hydro bill.
“And hydro is very, very expensive. The day we closed down, we got a bill for $3,000. That’s generally what it costs here, because it’s a very big building,” he said.
“So I’m working with a coat on to save a little bit.”
As much as he would like to open as soon as possible, Scinocca does not expect to open until fall.
“The start of the season is usually right after the Labour Day weekend. But I’m really hoping we can do that,” he said.

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Doug Zywina
REPORTER
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