UPDATE: Health department approves reopening plan for Madsen’s
Madsen's Bowling & Billiards opened Tuesday for the first time since Lincoln police officers enforced a health department mandated shutdown Saturday morning.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Lincoln pool hall that refused to follow local health measures and require customers to wear masks appears to be changing its tune.
Madsen’s Bowling & Billiards opened Tuesday for the first time since Lincoln police officers enforced a health department mandated shutdown Saturday morning.
Owner Ben Madsen told Channel 8 Eyewitness News on Monday he was working with the health department to find “middle ground.” Health officials had ordered the business closed until it came up with a plan to comply with directed health measures, which include a mask mandate.
A sign posted on the business asked customers to follow the DHM.
“At this time please follow the mandate set for by LLCHD,” the sign read. “We all have to do our part.”
A dozen or so patrons could be seen going into the business when it opened at 11 a.m., many of which were not wearing masks. Owner Ben Madsen was seen briefly he left the business.
A city spokesperson released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
“Madsen’s Bowling & Billiards, 4700 Dudley Street, has submitted a plan for operations that complies with the Directed Health Measure issued by the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. The plan has been approved by the Health Director, and the business has been allowed to reopen.”
Both the Mayor and Health Director were asked about the plan at a press briefing on Tuesday. Pat Lopez, the Health Director, said they talked about how customers can play pool safely and also bowling, having patrons use every other lane. They are confident with the process from here on out.
This is a developing story, we will continue to provide updates as they become available.