Bowling Alleys in N.C. Can Open… For Now


The North Carolina Bowling Proprietors Assn. sued Gov. Roy Cooper in June, saying it was unfair that bowling alleys had to remain closed while other businesses remained opened. Thanks to a July 7 court decision, they’re now allowed to reopen. However, the governor is not happy about it, and plans to appeal, so some centers are still waiting to reopen.

One of those includes Rainbow Lanes in Clayton, which hasn’t set an opening date but is excited to get back to bowling. “It’s been a long three months and this is a very big victory that the judge realized we can open and we can open safely,” said manager Melanie Campbell.

According to WNCN, the order includes 15 guidelines that must be followed for bowling alleys to reopen, including limiting the number of customers, wearing face coverings and keeping a lane empty between groups.

Visit or click here for more details about the state’s “Staying Ahead of the Curve” plan for reopening. For more information on Rainbow Lanes, visit


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