Gaming Bars Start to Reopen With Systems of Health Protection

Ilya Kravtsov
Aug 19 20202 min
If you want to be extra cautious, the arcade bar also provides disposable gloves

In Toronto, owners of the 4,000-square-foot "Freeplay" arcade games bar were able to reopen it after months of closure. To do this, the administrators had to mark the floor, as well as disinfect the consoles after almost every game. Every table comes equipped with a bottle hand sanitizer. 

According to arcade co-owner Jake Yakobi, it's been "a rough couple of months", and the company has had to dig deep into their pockets for reconfigurations plus the cost for PPE and an incoming patio. The total cost was just under $ 10,000. "We had to put some more money in to survive," he says.

Just like other arcade bars that have reopened for Stage 3 - like Tilt on Dundas West or the Rec Room in the historic roundhouse building - Freeplay has been reconfigured in a major way, from floor markers to Plexiglass galore. 

Like all other indoor spaces, capacity here has now been reduced to 50. This game bar has been completely divided up into private sections, which you can reserve through their website via a booking system called Checkfront.

Given how high-contact games are, machines are sanitized down by staff between parties before allowing new people on the games. That being said, if you've booked the Streetfighter Table but want to move to the Game Cube section upstairs afterward, there's a chance your server can arrange it, pending availability. Just ask.

If you want to be extra cautious, the arcade bar also provides disposable gloves.


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