Bingo players who have been missing their regular gaming sessions since the coronavirus lockdown began in March will soon be able to enjoy their favourite pastime.
A leading UK bingo chain, Buzz Bingo, has announced that several of its clubs would be reopening in early August. The opening date has been set for August 6, and the first slate of clubs to readmit players includes Coventry Savoy, Nottingham Top Valley, Derby City, Gloucester, Leicester, Swindon, Fenton, Swindon, Enfield and Tooting.
Back in March, anticipating the UK government’s lockdown, Buzz Bingo took the step of closing all of its clubs to protect staff and customers. And that focus on protection is set to continue after reopening as enhanced safety measures will be put in place that will result in smaller than usual attendances.
The reopened sites will feature a new maximum attendance capacity in order to allow for social distancing. Other measures will include sanitising stations and Perspex screens. There will also be floor markers for customers to help them ensure they remain in line with the government guidelines.
Some of the venues’ seats will be out of use, although there will be group and individual seating sections which will enable customers from the same household to play together.
Buzz Bingo say that food will still be available to purchase, although there will be an amended menu in order to keep kitchen staff safe, and there will be a request that payments must be made via contactless methods up to the value of £45.
Speaking about the relaunch, the Buzz Bingo CEO Chris Matthews, said that the company couldn’t wait to reopen their doors in August. He underlined the importance of the clubs to the local communities where they are based, but stressed that their focus had been on keeping people safe:
“We’ve missed seeing everyone but the health and safety of our colleagues and customers is our number one priority. We’ve made sure extensive measures have been put in place to offer customers comfort so that they can safely return to their local bingo club to see old friends and enjoy a few games again.”
Matthews added that they had spent months preparing for the reopening, and that all Buzz Bingo clubs are covid-secure, thanks to measures such as cleaning schedules, simpler gaming sessions and social distancing.
During the lockdown, Buzz Bingo employees have been working within local communities, an effort that has included the Buzz Buddies scheme, through which Buzz Bingo General Managers were given training to help them check in with their vulnerable customers, ensuring that they had access to healthcare and food, as well as someone to talk to. Buzz Bingo have announced that the scheme will continue despite the latest announcements on reopening.