A technical crash with a new card system that replaces coins and tickets has caused the Palace Playland Arcade games to delay its long-awaited reopening by almost an hour on Wednesday.
So when the corrugated, yellow metal doors finally rolled up two minutes before 11 a.m. In order to discover flickering lights, pulsating calliope music and row after row of enticing diversions, 3-year-old Stephen O’Loughlin squealed delightfully and skipped his father in tow inside.
“He was so excited,” his dad, 36-year-old Chicago Scott Chytracek said.
Games are back
Stephen and his friend, who as of 10 a.m. had been away the day. Settled into adjoining seats for Space Invaders Frenzy in a brick plaza by the Old Orchard Beach Pier. The family is enjoying a fourth straight summer vacationing at a local beach house with relatives.
“Each year we descend here,” Chytracek said. “The rides we wanted to do but the rides are not available.”
According to Playland President Paul Golder, who said he intended to continue with caution in the wake of new rules aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus, a few rides could open this weekend. Amusement parks, bowling alleys, movie theaters and concert centers were among the companies that had regulations removed Wednesday. But with 50 people’s occupancy limits in confined areas.
Stage 3 of the reopening program put out by Gov. Janet Mills also targeted July 1 to reopen summer resorts, spas and personal service providers overnight. As long as the games companies complied with a checklist of state-mandated safety measures.
For the first time since March 15, Maureen Roy, a 20-year massage therapist. Who works out of a Monument Square building in downtown Portland. He invited clients Wednesday. In order to clean the bed, swap sheets and change her clothing, she spaced them apart for at least an hour.