A BOWLING company is urging the government to support the attractions industry or "risk facing job losses and business closures".

Hollywood Bowl, which operates in Bracknell, has launched its #bringbackbowling appeal following the financial strain coronavirus has had on the business during lockdown.

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The ten-pin bowling centres has 1,900 employees and 60 centres across the UK fearing the industry may face job losses if they don't get financial support from the government.

Hollywood Bowl, together with the Ten Pin Bowling Proprietors Association (TBPA), UKHospitality and other bowling business owners, are urging the government to reconsider their position before it causes critical damage to the industry.

Gary Brimble, general secretary at TBPA adds: “Bowling centres have been closed for more than three months and fully expected to be reopening with other hospitality and leisure businesses on the 4th July.

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"Our COVID-safe measures allow for a safe environment for both our customers and staff and our spacious layouts are easily adapted for social distancing.

"Let’s get bowling again, bring some fun back for our customers, protect the jobs of the 8,000 staff and prevent the closure of many bowling centres.”

Hollywood Bowl said they have still not been given permission to reopen unlike other indoor hospitality and attractions which opened on Saturday, July 4.

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Stephen Burns, chief executive at Hollywood Bowl Group, said: “Ten-pin bowling is a sector that is ready to operate in a COVID secure manner.

"We have worked incredibly hard to ensure we are adhering to the operational protocols around social distancing policies, capacity management and sanitisation and are more than ready to welcome back friends and families to enjoy themselves in a fun and safe environment within our spacious centres.”

More than 8,000 people, many currently on furlough, work in the ten-pin bowling industry across the UK but despite industry-wide adherence to government social distancing and COVID secure guidelines, the doors remain closed.

Others in the industry have also joined forces to help get centres open.

Duncan Garrood, chief executive at Tenpin, the UK’s second largest operator, added: “Our family entertainment centres are extremely spacious, scrupulously ready for appropriate social distancing and enhanced hygiene, and our teams are in training to deliver a safe and fun experience for everyone. All we need is to be allowed to open.”

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