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'Extreme Risk' restrictions impact Grants Pass bowling alley

Caveman Bowl in Grants Pass says it will have to lay off its employees because of the 'extreme risk' restrictions for Josephine County.

Posted: Dec 2, 2020 7:16 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Caveman Bowl in Grants Pass says it will have to lay off its employees because of the 'extreme risk' restrictions for Josephine County.

For counties at the 'extreme risk' level, indoor entertainment must be closed.

Owner Kevin Croucher says this means his 14 employees will have to find jobs somewhere else.

He says they can file for unemployment, but doesn't know how long it will last.

Croucher says he's frustrated with the restrictions and wants his employees back.

He says he can't compensate them in the meantime.

"I have zero income coming in. I have nothing, nothing I can do about it. I still have bills coming in. I still have a mortgage payment; I still have a power payment," Croucher said. "You know, I have to keep the place going as far as I have to pay all the bills. So, the bills are coming in with no revenue.”

Croucher says the financial strain won't shut his business down completely.

However, he says the current circumstances will be hard for long-time bowlers.

“I have 300 senior bowlers that are just devastated by all this because they want to come down and bowl and they feel safe when they do so," Croucher said.

Croucher says he's been taking safety precautions to keep employees and customers safe. He reduced the number of bowling lanes open to allow physical distancing. He says his business normally has around 60 to 70 people at once.

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