Reflecting on the highs and lows of three lockdowns over the last year, Mr P’s Classic Amusements owners Dave and Amelia Douglas detailed how they have been working tirelessly to have their venues ready for a grand reopening on 17 May.
Mr P’s Classic Amusements has begun its countdown to reopening with the operator ready to get back to business in its FEC in Bognor Regis and AGCs in Chatham and Tonbridge on 17 May.
In the operator’s latest ‘weekly waffle’, owners Dave and Amelia Douglas spoke about the difficulties of the last year, acknowledging that it has been a “testing time” for everyone.
The operator is, however, concerned that the government’s furlough scheme may have impacted the country’s appetite for hard work. “I think many companies and organisations around the globe will have great difficulty in getting their people back to work,” said the operator in its weekly blog. “I highlight this because quite frankly I am old school and I work hard with 100 percent commitment and dedication, this was hard to find before lockdown and now I fear more scarce than before. Let’s hope that when the country gets moving so do the idle backsides of the many that have been watching too much daytime TV.”
At Mr P’s, the hard work has almost paid off as its three venues get ready to reopen as soon as the government allows it. However, the operators other brand, Reel Fruits in Maidstone, has been “frustratingly delayed” and currently has no carpet.
“Anyone that deals with shipping from international waters will be aware of the global shipping crisis anyway, but wow it’s a catastrophe!” continued the operator. “So bad that although the carpet for Maidstone was ordered and paid for some months ago the production and shipping was completely skewered. It will be back, and will be something to look out for, we are seeking hungry new team members to join and help bring back the magic when we return.”
While the amusements sector is looking forward to getting back to normality, Mr P’s reminded its customers that there will still be some Covid-19 rules.
“I would like to advise that Bognor, Chatham and Tonbridge will still need to adhere to the policy of masks, one metre plus,” concluded the operator. “Any of you that have been to the pub recently will be aware that the track and trace IS compulsory and that we need you to check in either through the app or the old school way, all is confidential and destroyed within a short time frame.”