Rocket Arcade protest

Ralph Lucius, owner of Rocket Arcade in South Haven, is interviewed Tuesday morning by a Lansing TV station. Lucius traveled to Lansing with one of his pinball games in tow and played in front of the capitol steps for six hours in protest of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order that indoor entertainment venues, such as arcades, remained closed in the ongoing efforts to curtail the spread of coronavirus.

SOUTH HAVEN — When the COVID-19 lockdown occurred in March, Ralph Lucius thought that surely by Memorial Day weekend he could join other local businesses in reopening to the public.

Months later, however, Rocket Arcade remains closed. Fed up, Lucius packed up one of his pinball machines on Tuesday and hauled it to Lansing, where he stood at the steps of the Capitol to play it for six straight hours, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in protest of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order that stipulates indoor entertainment venues cannot reopen yet due to the state’s ongoing effort to curb spread of coronavirus.