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The Comet Pub & Lanes in Decatur will reopen to general public Friday

By Zachary Hansen, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution #atlanta-ga

Months after criticizing Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to allow bowling alleys and restaurants to reopen, The Comet Pub & Lanes will open its doors to everyone Friday.

The Decatur-based eatery and bowling alley reopened for reservations in mid-July, but the business will soon expand services to allow walk-in guests. The reopening announcementsaid the bowling alley has undergone a deep clean and will require masks and social distancing outside of rented lanes.

Following the governor’s reopening announcement in April, the bowling alley posted on Facebook and its website that its management disagreed with the decision, citing safety concerns due to COVID-19.

“While we are quite eager to return to The Comet, we disagree with the governor that it is now safe to do so,” the post said. “We feel that it is too early in the progression of the pandemic to invite staff and guests to gather, socialize, and bowl together.”

While closed down, General Manager Jessica Sasser started a GoFundMe page for the establishment’s staff. The page raised more than $5,700.

In addition to the thorough cleaning, the reopening announcement said that every other bowling lane will remain closed to help maintain safe distancing.

All equipment and surfaces will be sanitized between uses, and hand sanitizer will also be available throughout the building. Staff members are also reorganizing bowling leagues, which are expected to begin in October.

The Comet, which boasts a 1950s’ flair, will offer refreshments. It will continue offering on-line takeout and delivery service for food and beer.

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