• Reporter Elaina John

Striker Lanes Now Open

Tuesday Ladies League. Photo Elaina John

Striker Lanes is now open with COVID-19 guidelines.

The bowling alley was permitted for reopening when Stage 2 of Alberta’s COVID-19 Relaunch Strategy was initiated on June 12. However, with the uncertainty of business, its doors remained closed. The bowling alley is usually closed during July and August.

Striker Lanes is allowing for social distancing where possible and has decided to leave mask-wearing optional, with the exception of mandatory masks for bowling coaches.

“We definitely want to make everyone feel as comfortable as possible,” said Kim Abrams, Striker Lanes owner.

Currently, the bowling alley is only facilitating public bowling, with no upcoming events, including the postponed November bowling tournament. Abrams hopes to get leagues together soon, but some usual bowlers will not be returning this year due to COVID-19 concerns. Abrams hopes to get a youth league organized later on in October to see how well schools and students operate under COVID-19 protocol.

“We’re trying to figure things out as we go along,” Abrams explained.

Starting on September 11, Striker Lanes will be operating with staggered lanes to encourage social distancing. Bowling balls will be sanitized when bowlers leave, and hand sanitizer is available at various locations in the bowling alley.

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