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All indoor church services will begin this weekend, and two gyms will begin weekend openings in October, Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) commanders said during a Townhall on Facebook, Tuesday.

Major General Stephen Smith, deputy commander I Corps and JBLM said 14 days have passed since Labor Day and despite a small uptick of COVID cases on JBLM, they weren't significant enough to change plans on moderate openings on base.

"Great job on Labor Day," Smith said.

McVeigh Gym will begin weekend openings Oct. 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for active duty and family members. Wilson Gym will start weekend openings Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reservations will no longer be required for family members at all JBLM gyms, it will be first come, first served.

Church service times will be the same times as pre-COVID other than a couple minor changes.  Masks are required at all times during services, there is no childcare or children programs, and no fellowship after services.

Other announcements made Tuesday include (JBLM source)

HALLOWEEN: Trick-or-Treating through JBLM housing will be allowed on Oct. 31. We'll put out more information as we get closer to the big day for our kids.

SCHOOL UPDATE: There will be a CYS Facebook Live at 11 a.m. Sept. 30 on the JBLM MWR page to share local school districts updates provided to the School Support Services' team.

TEXAS ROADHOUSE: The opening of Texas Roadhouse will be 4 p.m. Sept. 30. Dine in service will be limited to 50% capacity, but curbside/to go orders will be available. While Texas Roadhouse does not accept reservations, call ahead seating is available and you can add your name to the wait list via the Texas Roadhouse app. The hours of operation will be 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Texas Roadhouse is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

SEAHAWKS VIEWING PARTY: You can watch the Seahawks games on a 15-foot screen at the Family and MWR Fest Tent on Lewis Main. A food truck is on site for game day. Masks required. Tables and chairs will be socially distanced.

PAINTBALL OPENING: The Paintball park on Lewis North is scheduled to reopen Sept. 26 for 5-on-5 games. Call 253-912-8000 for more information.

BOWLING: Bowling has reopened for league play and by reservation at Bowl Arena Lanes with lane capacity limitations for two people or same household. Open bowling runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; and 1 to 6 p.m. weekends.

WARRIOR ZONE: Computers are available at the Warrior Zone from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Gaming and pool tables remain closed; the café is open.

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