Dave & Buster’s is now fully functioning during COVID-19 (includes video story)

Staff at Dave & Buster’s, a family arcade in Dolphin Mall known for its dine-and-play atmosphere, have been hard at work during COVID-19. Since much of the fun is physical gaming, staff have been well-trained to accommodate federal coronavirus guidelines. The arcade is ensuring there are never too many people inside. The place re-opened in late December after being closed or restricted for most of the pandemic.

Masks are required at all times inside, except when eating. Gloves are given out upon request. The arcade added several self-service hand-sanitizer stations. Social distancing is enforced throughout the establishment. Signs requiring that people stay six feet apart are placed on closed tables to allow spacing between parties. Menus that are used only one time are given to each party during dining. 

Team members receive temperature checks before clocking into their shifts. They have also been cleaning screens, tables, machines, windows, etc. Areas are wiped down after every use. Guests are welcome to bring their own sanitizing materials if they want to wipe down machines before use. 

Apart from these safety protocols, announcements are made recapping the rules throughout the day for guests. Dave & Buster’s is also giving out free $10 game cards to all first responders and healthcare providers. In order to get the card, one must simply just show a valid ID at the entrance. The arcade is open now Sunday to Thursday from noon – 11 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from noon to midnight. The dining selection remains the same. 

Vivian Desme is a Florida International University student majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in E-Marketing Analytics. She enjoys exploring new places in order to gain knowledge from the world’s different cultures, history, and stories.

I’m a senior at Florida International University majoring in Broadcast Journalism. I enjoy sports and giving back to my community.