Arcade owner takes pinball protest to State Capitol

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LANSING, Mich (WLNS) As different businesses get the green light to re-open others are asking “Why not us?”

“If you cant help me let me help myself,” is the message small business order, Ralph Lucius, wants to send. And he’s using a unique approach to his protest by playing pinball on the steps of the State Capitol.

Lucius owns, pinball arcade, “Rocket Arcade” in South Haven.

He says if other businesses like hair salons, gyms, stores and restaurants can reopen safely, so can he.

“For the last 3 months I’ve watched business sector after business sector re-open. And I’m confident that I can open up safely. Yet, I’m not even given the opportunity to present a plan to open safely. And yet day after day I sit on the sidelines wondering if and when I might be open,” Lucius said.

“My bank has cut my line of credit, my reserves have run out. The politicians on both sides are just fighting and I’m just caught in the middle,” he said.

He says part of the problem is that arcades have been “grouped together” with amusement parks and casinos instead of small businesses like gyms and salons.

We reached out to the governor’s office. Deputy Press Secretary, Chelsea Lewis, said work is underway to re-engage sectors of the economy that remain closed and added it’s crucial to proceed thoughtfully.

Here is the full statement:
“As the governor has previously said, ‘going forward, we will continue to work with health experts to assess the risk associated with business sectors that remain closed. for the health and safety of our families and frontline workers, it is crucial that we proceed thoughtfully and incrementally so we can measure the effects of current actions before we take additional steps towards re-engagement.’ we’re currently reviewing the status of movie theaters, bowling alleys, etc.”

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