WhirlyBall in Brookfield will reopen soon after being closed for months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
If that sentence sounds familiar, it's because the popular Brookfield location closed last year, then reopened in June 2020, and closed again in November because of an uptick in coronavirus cases in the area at that time.
This time, the WhirlyBall location at Brookfield Square, 95 N. Moorland Road, plans to reopen May 1 — but by reservation only.
Groups of any size will be able to reserve the space for WhirlyBall, bowling and laser tag at the 45,000-square-foot facility.
Masks are encouraged, but not required.
“After pressing pause to prioritize the health and safety of our team and guests, we’re thrilled to reopen our doors and welcome our community back,” said Adam Elias, vice president of WhirlyBall, in a news release.
"Following a year of missed celebrations from birthdays, graduations and mitzvahs to rehearsal dinners, weddings and bachelor/bachelorette parties, we cannot wait to help our guests create lasting memories while they eat, drink and game on with us at WhirlyBall," Elias also said.
Extensive safety precautions and social distancing measures will be in place in an effort to keep people safe.
WhirlyBall, bowling, laser tag and the common areas will be disinfected between each group. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout the facility. There are also six-foot markers throughout the facility.
"WhirlyBall and LaserTag will both be fully enclosed allowing one group at a time, and lane dividers and every other lane will be used for Bowling," the news release said.
All employees will wear masks. Employees will also perform a health check upon arrival.