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Rules for bowling in Phases 2 and 3

Apr 14, 2021 | Entertainment Reopening Guide

Under the governor’s Healthy Washington—Roadmap to Recovery plan, some counties in Washington have moved back to Phase 2. If you are a bowling alley in one of those counties, here’s what you need to know.

Phase 2 requirements for bowling centers
• The facility may not exceed 25% of the fire code occupancy rating
• Two bowlers per lane
• No spectators allowed
• Everyone must maintain six feet of distance
• Sharing of equipment is not allowed
• Disinfect all shoes and balls (including finger holes) after each use
• Restaurants and pro-shops must adhere to foodservice and retail guidelines for their phase
• Masks are required at all times

For a complete list of bowling guidelines, click here.

For bowling centers in counties in Phase 3 of the governor’s Healthy Washington plan, this is what Phase 3 means for you.

Phase 3 requirements for bowling centers

  • The facility may not exceed 50% of the fire code occupancy rating.
  • Four bowlers per lane.
  • Spectators allowed and counted towards 50% occupancy limit.
  • Masks must be worn except when actively eating or drinking.
  • Rental shoes and balls, including finger holes, must be disinfected after each use.
  • Restaurants and pro shops must follow required guidelines for foodservice & retail for Phase 3.
  • Limited use of showers and locker rooms allowed with 6-foot social distancing.


Bowling center operators must comply with safety and health requirements for all phases. Read the complete list of rules here.