South Austin entertainment center reopens with revamped health and safety measures

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Epic Fun Family Entertainment Center reopened July 1. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Epic Fun Family Entertainment Center reopened July 1. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Epic Fun Family Entertainment Center reopened July 1 following months of closure due to local COVID-19 orders and safety precautions. As an entertainment operation offering attractions such as ax-throwing, bumper cars, laser tag and ropes courses, Epic Fun was among the later businesses allowed to reopen under Gov. Greg Abbott's Reopen Texas plan.

Now that Epic Fun is back open, new health screening and social distancing procedures have been implemented, including required face masks, temperature checks for staff and newly installed sanitizing stations. Games and tables in the dining area have been distanced at least 6 feet, and group activities such as laser tag have been reduced to 50% capacity.

"We have been hard at work creating a social distanced, sanitized safe space for you to come and play in," Epic Fun wrote in a social media update. "We are all in this together and appreciate your cooperation as we work together to survive this crisis as a community and a family business."

The Oak Hill activity center has faced economic hardship from the long closure. Epic Fun owner Stacey Eppen confirmed to Community Impact Newspaper that her team was striving to keep the business alive after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

"It's been a struggle. These next couple of weeks will really determine our future," Eppen said.


However, Epic Fun's staff has worked to support its community even while closed. For many weeks, the business offered hundreds of free pizzas for families in need, no questions asked.

Epic Fun is located at 7101 W. Hwy. 71, Ste. D, Austin. 512-957-9099. www.epicfun.com
By Olivia Aldridge
Olivia is the reporter for Community Impact's Central Austin edition. A graduate of Presbyterian College in upstate South Carolina, Olivia was a reporter and producer at South Carolina Public Radio before joining Community Impact in Austin.


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