The owner of an independent bowling centre in Cumberland has spoken of the importance of flexibility for leisure operators to survive during the coronavirus pandemic.
In an interview with local newspaper the Times and Star, Steve Adair, who owns Eclipse Bowling in Workington, said that he’d learned to become philosophical after two false starts with respect to the “lift” of trading restrictions for bowling alleys.
“You’ve got to learn to adapt, you’ve got rise to the challenge that’s in front of you,” he remarked.
As a privately-owned outfit, Adair spoke of a particular uphill battle in getting Eclipse back open in time for the government’s last minute lifting of bowling lockdown on August 14. “It was a lot of work because I was doing it all on my own: all the staff were still on furlough,” he said. “You adjust, you learn: now we’re aware of everything – even if we get short notice.”
Meanwhile, Adair finds himself in good company by adapting his regular business model to the new times in order to ensure healthy trade. Whilst the bar at Eclipse was once bar-service only, now drinks are delivered to individual lanes in order to minimise contact between different households.
“Because we serve directly to the lanes, people are in their own bubble,” Adair explained. “People are loving it because they feel safe.”