Last Friday, July 10, Capital City Arcade in New Westminster, B.C., reopened their 70-game classic video game arcade to guests for the first time since the pandemic hit.
According to the COVID-19 safety plan on their website, they’ve reduced occupancy to 50% to allow for social distancing, implemented a new online ticket system and added contactless mobile check-in, among other measures.
Owners Maryanne and Brad Eyers (above with son Casey) told the New Westminster Record: “It’s a tough balance right now to open responsibly and to pay our bills. We are preferring to err on the side of safety by reducing our capacity and closing multiple times a day for deep cleaning of all of our games and other high-touch surfaces.”
The arcade has temporarily removed its pinball machines to allow for more space on the floor. Customers also won’t need quarters because all games are set to free play for a 2-hour session with a $20 admission fee for the time. The games that are still on the floor have been rearranged to encourage social distancing, they report.
Capital City Arcade asks guests to wash their hands frequently and use hand sanitizer while keeping their distance from others; masks are also mandatory. For now, they’re open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Learn more at www.capcityarcade.com.