Chuck E. Cheese Has A Potentially Grim Future Amid Coronavirus

June 11, 2020
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The world may never experience Chuck E. Cheese again, as the company's been hit with nearly $1 billion in debt amid the COVID-19 crisis. 

PEOPLE reports that CEC Entertainment is trying to gain cash from lenders to stay in business, but it has been looking at its options for refinancing, restructuring, and even banktruptcy while its doors have been closed due to the pandemic. 

The company has attempted to stay afloat selling food through delivery apps as Pasqually's Pizza and Wings, with remaining employees helping carry out business as a take out brand. 

With a potential bankruptcy looming, all of its 600+ locations may permanently close. 

Here's my question, though: Will a business like Chuck E. Cheese continue to appeal with people after the coronavirus? How are they going to monitor and manage cleaning that place inside and out to keep kids and families safe? 

Maybe I was just a bit of a hypochondriac as a child, but I never really liked playing at Chuck E. Cheese as a kid. This is just my personal experience, but the ball pit was always greasy and smelled gross. I'm sure cleaning has improved over the years, and I have not stepped foot in a Chuck E. Cheese in maybe 20 years so I wouldn't know. But I can't imagine it's much different........is it??