What Will Funspot Look Like Now With NH’s Arcade Guidelines?
As a classic video games enthusiast, I usually visit Funspot in Laconia at least twice per summer. I'm trying to figure out what the arcade might look like now, operating with NH's new Re-Opening Task Force Guidelines.
1. Laser tag should be limited to 50 percent of the capacity of the room.
2. Games should be scheduled to allow adequate time to clean and disinfect all
equipment between each use.
3. People playing laser tag should be encouraged to wear cloth face coverings,
especially if the games involve un-related individuals.
4. If Arcade/amusement games are arranged within 6 feet of an adjacent game, then
people should avoid playing on adjacent games simultaneously.
5. All touch points should be cleaned and disinfected according to CDC guidance every
30-60 minutes at a minimum. When possible, a staff member should be dedicated to
roving the facility to continuously sanitize gaming touch surfaces.
6. Redemption prize centers may open with physical distancing built into their
operations. Any waiting lines should have clearly demarcated areas to maintain a
safe distance of at least 6 feet between people.
7. No self-service of redemption prizes is allowed.
The Largest Arcade in The World will certainly have some decisions to make and that is why I have highlighted Guideline #4.
Take a look at the arcade tour in the above YouTube video.
Two thirds of the classic cabinet arcade games are either going to have to be shut off or removed from the arcade floor. Sadly, the width of these games doesn't appear to be quite the 6 feet of separation that is required between each player.
I am fully confident in the Lawton family, who have operated this world renowned fun center since the 1950's, to adapt to this in the best way possible and I hope to be there as soon as possible with my tokens at the ready!