KDHE puts halt on bowling in Pittsburg, Crawford County says they had permission

PITTSBURG, Kan. – After what KDHE calls a “miscommunication” between the state and county, the lanes at a bowling alley in Pittsburg are dark once again.

On Friday, Holiday Lanes was up and operating after getting permission to reopen from the Crawford County Health Department. This, despite Governor Laura Kelly introducing phase 1.5 in her plan to reopen Kansas which states that “indoor leisure spaces” will remain closed. The plan even singles out bowling alleys in an attached FAQ.

“I called KDHE and received verbal permission from KDHE, that because our county board of health had approved it and our bowling alley has a very robust mitigation plan for social distancing … they’re allowed to be open,” said Crawford County Health Department Director Rebecca Adamson.

On Saturday, KDHE told KOAM that the Crawford County Health Department was not given permission to reopen Holiday Lanes.

We reached out for further clarification, and Kristi Zears, Director of Communications for KDHE stated in an email response:

“There was miscommunication between KDHE and the local health department concerning the bowling alley being allowed to open. We recognize that with Phase 1.5 being added late last week, that may have added to the confusion. Business categories are listed in the Ad Astra plan, available on https://covid.ks.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Reopen-Kansas-Framework-v5.3.pdf. Counties may implement more restrictive guidelines than this plan, but not move at a faster pace than the state’s opening.”

In response, Adamson has asked KDHE to issue a retraction of its statement as the local health department insists it was given verbal permission to reopen the bowling alley.

In the meantime, the Holiday Lanes snack bar is open, even if the bowling lanes are not.

Holiday Lanes staff say they are not ready to offer comment at this time.