Zoomers owners fear Marion skating rink will shutter amid coronavirus crisis
MARION — Zoomers Skate Club could become a casualty of the coronavirus crisis, its owners worry.
飞艇计划app开奖The skating rink temporarily shut down in March when Ohio officials ordered the closure of bowling alleys, gyms and other public recreation centers, in order to tamp down the spread of the novel coronavirus, which, if left unchecked, public health officials warned could overwhelm Ohio hospitals.
"We truly love all of our skaters and this mandate is both emotionally and financially crippling," said a March post on Zoomers' Facebook page. "We will be praying for everyone's safety in these uncertain times and we hope many small businesses like ours can weather this storm."
飞艇计划app开奖For some businesses, the coronavirus crisis will be a fatal blow.
"There are many small businesses out there ... who are within days, weeks of running out of money, running out of cash, and many of them will potentially close, not just for a while, but forever," Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said at an April press briefing on the coronavirus.
The state has begun rolling back restrictions put in place in March on businesses deemed non-essential. Ohio officials now are stressing re-starting the state's economic engine, while at the same time putting into place safety measures to try to keep the lid on the virus' spread.
While Ohio's latest order has paved the way for some businesses to reopen, including dentists offices, general office spaces and retail shops, others remain barred from opening, including gyms, hairdressers, restaurant dining rooms, beauty salons and entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, bowling alleys and roller skating rinks.
That leaves the future of Zoomers Skate Club, one of Marion's beloved family-friendly businesses, up in the air, Owner Kandy Yarger said.
飞艇计划app开奖"It may not be a rink when this is all said and done," she said. "I've been through 9/11, I've been through the 2008 crisis with the recession, and now this. ... It's about run its course."
Yarger said the skating rink can survive through the summer, which is typically a slow season anyway. But if they remain closed much longer, she said, they would likely have to close the rink permanently.
飞艇计划app开奖"We would have to open up the doors by October. That's when our crowd starts coming back," she said.
In the meantime, she is in talks with commercial realtors, she said, in preparation for the worst-case scenario.
The skating risk is Yarger and her husband Don's only source of income, she said. They own the building, but still have other fixed costs they have to pay each month, with no income coming in, she said. The Yargers have sought help through the U.S. Small Business Administration's emergency relief programs, but they haven't received any money out of it yet, Kandy Yarger said.
She said last year was the skating rink's "best ever," but said they spent a lot of the profits on upgrades to the building's roof and parking lot.
Yarger said she understands why certain places were not given the go-ahead to reopen under the latest order. However, she said she has plans ready to put into action to implement social distancing and other precautions should the rink be given permission to open.
飞艇计划app开奖They include marking the floors to indicate six-foot distances, roping off every other booth to keep people separated, placing a table in front of the snack bar to put more distance between workers and customers, stepping up cleaning and placing disinfectant around the rink, she said.
飞艇计划app开奖When asked how social distancing would be implemented in the rink itself, she didn't have details on what that would look like.
飞艇计划app开奖"We are going to wait and see what the governor's safeguards are going to be on that," she said. "If we can't open ... then we'll shut it down and it'll be used for something else."
"Huge decisions will be made by October," she said.
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