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Covid delay "huge blow" to bowling alley

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Exmouth seafront attraction disappointed

An Exmouth attraction that was due to reopen on Saturday says the government's eleventh-hour announcement that lockdown restrictions would stay in place for a further two weeks are a "huge blow."

Ocean, the building originally known as the bowling alley in Exmouth, had put in place extensive safety measures so they could welcome back visitors. But with less than 24 hours' notice, prime minister Boris Johnson put a stop to beauty salons, bowling alleys and some other leisure venues reopening.

Justin Moore from Ocean, which is operated by Leisure East Devon, said: "a lot of work has gone into getting to this point. We've bought brand new bowling balls, redeveloped all our methods, filmed videos of how people need to bowl in a covid-secure world and obviously customers have now booked".

Other parts of the seafront leisure centre are open in line with government guidelines.

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