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Casinos, bowling alleys, movie theaters stay open

Posted at 10:27 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 22:27:59-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It appears as though casinos, movie theaters and bowling allyeys will stay open in Erie County's Orange Zone.

Representatives with New York State and Erie County say the businesses must adhere to the same restrictions they did when they reopened, limited capacity and other COVID-19 safety measures.

"They have to follow restrictions as to the amount of people at a lane and so forth," Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said of bowling alleys. "You can't have more than 10 per gathering, if you were going to have a birthday party with 25 people at a bowling alley, you can't do that," he said.

Some bowling alleys, like Kenmore Lanes say they are temporarily and voluntarily closing until the next couple weeks pass.

As of Friday, businesses restaurants go to outdoor dining only or takeout. This means any business like a casino or bowling alley that serves food or alcoholic beverage can no longer do so.

The Seneca Casinos, on Seneca Nation Territory operate under different rules. A spokesperson for the Seneca Casinos says meetings are underway over the next steps, however; dining at its casinos has been suspended since the 13th.