New York State Makes COVID Protocol Optional

Date Posted: June 15th, 2021

Albany, NY - The 18 month battle with COVID seems to be coming to an end as New Yorkers continue to receive vaccines. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced we have met our goal of 70% of all New Yorkers 18 or older with at least one dose of a vaccine. COVID Guideline will soon become optional for businesses in New York State . 

This news is welcome by bowlers and proprietors as leagues saw dwindling numbers this season with all the safety protocol in place. Some league even chose not to bowl this year rather than deal with masks and barriers. Other leagues saw smaller turnouts with bowlers opting to "sit-out" a season.

"It wasn't the same this year," New York State USBC Association Manager Angelo Corradino said. "Our center did put up barriers so we had to bowl on one lane for most of the year. The team you were bowling was on the next pair you didn't get the interaction we've been accustomed too. It almost felt like you were bowling alone."

While most fall leagues have completed their 2020-2021 season, this news will hopefully help summer league as centers try tp get back on their feet. This should also boost membership for next season as center will now have 3 months to recruits bowlers. Check with your local centers for league schedules for the summer and upcoming 2021-2022 league.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Statement Today
COVID-19 restrictions are lifted immediately as 70 percent of New Yorkers aged 18 or older have received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccination series. The State's health guidance and New York Forward industry specific guidelines—including social gathering limits, capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and contact information for tracing—are now optional for retail, food services, offices, gyms and fitness centers, amusement and family entertainment, hair salons, barber shops and personal care services, among other commercial settings. 


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