AMF Smithtown Lanes forced to close due to coronavirus pandemic
The AMF Smithtown Lanes, considered a local landmark, has been forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic.
AMF Bowling Company announced the permanent shutdown Wednesday, saying, "We appreciate all of your loyalty and support over the years."
Bowling alleys across the state temporarily closed mid-March, and were unable to reopen until Aug. 17 at 50% capacity.
There are two other AMF locations for bowling, with one being in Centereach and the other in Sayville.
Movie theaters on Long Island have also been closed since March, and there's still no date for them to reopen. Cinema owner Annie Stampfel, who owns two theaters in Malverne and Bellmore, says she's struggling to survive.
Charlie Cassara, of the New York Fitness Coalition, represents 2,000 gyms across the state who filed a class action lawsuit against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Letitia James and the state.
Gyms were allowed to reopen two weeks ago, but Cassara says about 50 to 100 gyms on Long Island found they couldn't survive on 33% capacity.
Marty Cantor, a CPA and economic development consultant, says says federal officials believe there will be a 30% loss of retail, restaurants and entertainment-based industries before January 2021.