Published On: Mon, Aug 17th, 2020

Bowling alleys reopen: When are bowling alleys reopening?

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Lockdown measures are slowly easing across the UK as the number of coronavirus cases are kept under control. While some venues have faced delays in opening, the Government is eager to get the economy back on track after months of lockdown stagnation.

Venues like bowling alleys, casinos and indoor performance venues have had more than four months of closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

These venues have been due to open August 1, but a spike in coronavirus cases at the time resulted in reopening being paused for two weeks.

Local lockdowns have been utilised to control the spread of the virus, with areas across the Midlands and North of England facing extended restrictions.

But for those eager to return to the bowling alley, when will they reopen?

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The piloting of spectators at sporting events will also restart, with a limited number of fans expected to be able to watch the World Snooker Championship at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre this weekend.

However, this is not the case across the entirety of England, with some areas under local lockdown conditions.

People in parts of northern England now face a third week banned from meeting others in their homes or gardens as the latest evidence shows no decrease in the number of coronavirus cases, according to the Department of Health.

Households in areas of the North West, West Yorkshire, East Lancashire and Leicester cannot mix indoors – unless they are in a support bubble – and limits remain on numbers meeting outside.

While venues mentioned above – including bowling alleys – are reopening following a two-week delay – they will not be allowed to reopen in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, East Lancashire or Leicester.

The Department of Health said the latest evidence does not show a decrease in the number of cases per 100,000 people in those areas.

It added Health Secretary Matt Hancock had, alongside local leaders, agreed the rules should stay in place.

There has been a continued rise in cases in Oldham and Pendle, while numbers remain high in Blackburn with Darwen, the department said.

This has led to local leaders setting up an “enhanced incident team” in an effort to bring infection rates under control.

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