Hollywood Bowl is striking back as they prepare to reopen after an extended delay.

A total of 53 Hollywood Bowl centres across the country will be reopening on August 1 and welcoming back visitors to its lanes after four months of lockdown.

This will include the centres at intu Watford and Woodside Leisure Park.

The bowling chain originally intended to reopen from July 4, but the reopening was delayed under government guidance.

With the reopening there will be a reduced number of lanes in use to space out bowlers.

Groups will be restricted to a maximum of six people, and bowlers are asked to arrive slightly ahead of their booking time.

Amusement machines as well as the bar and diner seating will also be spaced out.

Customers will be given the option of wearing disposable gloves and bowlers will be asked to wear their own shoes.

Stephen Burns, Chief Executive at Hollywood Bowl Group said: “Whilst it’s a little later than originally planned, we’re delighted to finally be able to open our centres again in England from August 1.

“The health and safety of our customers and team remains our priority. Whether it’s to bowl, enjoy the amusement areas, have a bite to eat or something to drink, we want to assure our customers that we are doing everything we can to create a safe and fun experience for families to return to. We look forward to welcoming them back through our doors.”

Visitors will be expected to use hand sanitiser, which will be readily available at cleaning stations and enhanced cleaning will take place throughout the day.

This means that bowling balls, lane seating and touch screens will be thoroughly cleaned after every game.

Hollywood Bowl is encouraging customers to use contactless payment where possible and will continue to accept cash.

Staff will also be wearing PPE and undergoing daily temperature checks.

Bookings can be made now for August 1 and onwards on hollywoodbowl.co.uk.