North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper finally has relented and is allowing bowling centers to reopen on Friday. Centers have been considered “non-essential” businesses in the Tar Heel State since the COVID-19 pandemic hit and have been ordered closed since March.

The Bowling Centers Association of the Carolinas and Georgia had gone to court for the right to reopen, but the governor had their efforts delayed. The Republican-majority state legislature had passed bills that would allow centers to open, but Governor Cooper vetoed them.

Under the guidance released by the governor’s office this week, bowling centers are grouped with gyms, and will be limited to operating at 30% capacity. Museums and aquariums, meanwhile, will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity.

“We know that some businesses are closed and people are hurting,” Cooper was quoted as saying. “The way to get all businesses open is for everyone to do all they can to slow the spread of the virus.”

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To read the arguments in the case brought to the North Carolina Supreme Court by bowling proprietors, click here:

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