Like most businesses that have been hit hard by the pandemic, the local Sky Zone locations are no exception. It was over a year ago that both Sky Zone Queensbury and Sky Zone Clifton Park closed their doors due to concerns over COVID-19. In a recent phone interview with the Saratoga Business Report, Rusty Saunders, owner of both locations said, “It was a tough year, we’ve struggled but we are still here”.
He said that making it through the worst of times just came down to “doing whatever you needed to do to survive”.
“Closing for a year obviously comes with a substantial loss of revenue but just as costly was the loss of key employees that either moved or had to take other jobs.” Saunders told us “Fortunately, we still have Matt Boyce who will be the driving force in reopening both locations.”
Reopening the two parks will be no small feat. On the to-do list: Hiring, re-hiring, retraining and cleaning and sanitation practices that already bordered on hospital standards. There are a lot of moving pieces to get ready, but the team at Sky Zone is confident. “We have had a safety plan in place since last july waiting to reopen, we are ready.” said Rusty.
Matt Boyce, Vice President of Operations for both locations, echoed Rusty’s confidence about a safe reopening. “We are extremely optimistic about the public response. We feel there is a gap right now in family fun and look forward to serving our communities in that capacity.”
It is very clear that the teams at both Sky Zones are serious about keeping their guests safe. In addition to the 25% capacity limit imposed by the state and local governments here are some of the other guidelines Skyzone has posted on social media:
- All guests and team members must wear a mask at all times when in the facility.
- Social distancing guidelines will be followed and enforced.
- Hand sanitizing stations are strategically placed throughout the park for all guests to use as needed.
- A team member will be specifically designated for cleaning high traffic areas in the park at all times during operating hours.
“We have a dedicated cleaning person that is constantly cleaning high traffic areas. We purchased a commercial grade electrostatic sprayer for disinfecting surfaces, we have replaced every foam block in each park, and will continue to take any measures necessary to keep the parks clean and our guests safe. We also have hand sanitizing stations all over the park and will require guests to wear their masks at all times”, said Boyce.
From the sounds of things, keeping the guests safe and the park clean will be the least of their challenges. Matt Boyce echoed Rusty’s words. Boyce tells us, “The biggest challenge we have right now is having the staff we need and having them trained.”
Boyce closed our interview with, “We want the experience to be fun for everyone that comes through the door within the guidelines that are keeping everyone safe”
Learn more about each location by clicking their websites listed below.