FORTUNA, Calif. (KIEM) – After fighting for a place to operate, a local paintball business feels the effects of the COVID-19 closures.
Scout Cobine is no stranger to the challenges of the paintball industry. It took months to relocate to Fortuna after already being forced to move from two other locations. Cobine eventually resorted to reaching out to private citizens. She sent close to 60 letters when she was searching for a property. The Humboldt Paintball Community was finally able to open with two different paintball fields in November.
Only a few months after opening, the local business was dealt another blow as it was forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cobine tried to reopen three times. Now the fields are back up and running with new health precautions. Cobine said that everything is bleached and sanitized multiple times. Players social distance while on the fields as well.
Cobine said she is unable to book as many players while adhering to social distancing guidelines, but is still seeing a great turnout.