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Indoor playgrounds fear permanent closure during pandemic

Play City in Chula Vista has been closed since March.
Posted at 5:49 PM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 20:49:29-05

CHULA VISTA (KGTV) -- As businesses fight to survive during the most restrictive purple tier, one industry says they feel forgotten.

“We don’t seem to be able to move forward,” said Alita Fernandez, marketing director for Play City in Eastlake.

Play City is an indoor playground full of inflatable jumpers and bounce houses. It was used to being filled with kids and their families—now, it sits empty.

Fernandez said they planned to reopen by January with increased safety and sanitation measures. However, with most of their employees temporarily laid off, the county in the purple tier, and the PPP loans gone, the future does not look good.

Indoor playgrounds will not be able to reopen until the least restrictive yellow tier, per state guidelines. At that time, capacity can only be at 50 percent.

“I don’t know if Play City will stand, if we will be able to keep our doors open or to open back,” Fernandez said, fighting tears. “We do not know.”

She said in the meantime, the bills keep piling up.

Fernandez is hopeful a vaccine can help turn things around. She urges government leaders to look at all industries as they struggle through this pandemic.

“Maybe they already have all grown up children,” Fernandez said. “Maybe they can go ahead and turn around and look at us. Look at our industry.”