Bingo fans in the town of Bedford will be celebrating with the news that a major bingo venue is set to reopen its doors after being closed since March
Mecca Bingo will be reopening to customers on Thursday, in accordance with a phased reopening plan. Mecca clubs have been working through the reopening process all over the UK, having first closed their doors due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in March.
And speaking about the reopening, the Managing Director of Mecca Bingo Retail, Jonathon Swaine, was keen to offer reassurances to customers:
“We want to reassure the Mecca Bingo community in Bedford that we are working together to take every precaution necessary to create a safe environment in which to play the nation’s favourite game, and are always monitoring the latest Government guidance.”
The guidelines set by the national government stipulated that Mecca clubs can remain open until 22:00 every evening, with strict safety rules and cleaning measures applied to all venues. Mecca team members have been through what the company says is a rigorous training program, to enable them to ensure the safety of customers. Enhanced cleaning measures, which involve team members cleaning as they go, and the regular cleaning of all tables, machines and touchpoints will be in place.
Visitors will also be asked to clean their hands at hand sanitiser stations, which have been made available throughout the club, while social distancing, supported by clear signage will be in place.
The availability of advanced technology that was already in place before lockdown means that customers can opt to pay using contactless devices, though they will still be able to use cash if preferred, while food and drink can be ordered through mobile devices or bingo table screens. Mecca has also introduced a pre-booking service, which enables customers to reserve their space and pre-pay for their bingo games online.
Mecca will be hoping that the relaunch is not a short term arrangement. Several areas of the country are undergoing temporary lockdowns amid a second wave of the virus, including Liverpool, Manchester and South Yorkshire, while Wales is set to introduce a new two-week lockdown from Friday, which will see all leisure and entertainment venues close.