SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The owners of Giggle and Riot Funhouse in downtown Sacramento have certainly felt the weight of the pandemic.
After losing many events for its photo booths and shifting to virtual options, over the past seven weeks the company has developed a new alternative: a selfie experience.
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“We have over 100 photo booth backgrounds and we decided: ‘Let’s do something with this. Let’s show the community, ”said Caroline Winata, co-founder of Giggle and Riot Funhouse.
“The way things are, people are stuck at home,” said Josh Daniels, CEO of Giggle and Riot Funhouse. “They are bored. You want something that is fun. You want something creative. “
It’s being held in her photo booth company’s 11,000-square-foot warehouse. Starting Thursday, those who want to snap a few selfies on 16 sets, some of which are themed Christmas, can reserve a time slot on their website.
The owners of Giggle and Riot told CBS13 that their business falls under the retail portion of state and local COVID-19 guidelines and is only operating at 20 percent, if not less, capacity.
Each participant must wear a mask until they take a picture. There are also specific entry and exit points for their selfie sets.
Each group of a maximum of six people, preferably from one household, may enter at intervals of 20 minutes. That way, Giggle and Riot can ensure social distancing and properly sanitize each set.
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“I think this pandemic really showed the importance of families. And how nice it is to create these memories and family members around you, ”said Winata. “So family pictures have become even more important.”
A few selfies are so important to families as they keep navigating the pandemic and whatever comes next.
“It’s really nice to come out and find something safe for the kids to have fun with. And we can put ourselves in the holiday mood, ”said Stephanie Teague, who attended the selfie experience.
Her children Liliana and Charlie had a lot of fun taking pictures.
“It was really cool to do different scenes and loads of different poses that I could do,” said Liliana Teague. “And of course it was amazing to get out of the house!”
Winata and Daniels hope this new creative experience can bring a little joy this Christmas season and create new memories during a difficult time.
“It really makes you in a good mood. And it’s really nice for me to see families having fun; After all this time creating this laugh and this memory, ”said Winata.
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To reserve a time slot you can visit the Giggle and Riot Funhouse website: https://www.giggleandriotfun.com/