The Bingo Association, which acts as the trade association for all licensed bingo operators in Great Britain, has recently launched an online campaign called “Bingo is My Lifeline” in an attempt to keep Scottish bingo halls trading during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bingo is My Lifeline website is currently “calling all bingo players in Scotland” to sign its petition to the devolved Scottish government, asking it to allow bingo clubs to stay open under the country’s level 2 restrictions.
It believes that “bingo is safe to remain open” as “is a lifeline for yourself and your fellow bingo players”.
The Bingo Association is particularly concerned that many people are suffering more from loneliness during the pandemic. Plus, it’s found that 1 in 10 members of bingo clubs could not imagine life without bingo while 3 in 10 players say that going to their local club is the highlight of their week.
The Association also points out that clubs have put a huge amount of work in to make sure that their venues are COVID-19 secure.
Therefore, its campaign aims to urge Nicola Sturgeon to keep clubs open and help give certainty and reassurance to employees, players, and local communities by placing them in Level 3 of Scotland’s Strategic Framework, allowing them to continue trading unless the spread of the virus causes specific areas to be moved to a higher tier.
You can read the open letter from Miles Baron, the CEO of the Bingo Association, by visiting the Bingo is My Lifeline website, and if you’d like to help petition the Scottish government to keep your local club trading, you’re invited to complete the online form at the bottom of the homepage.
As Miles Baron says, the more people who make a case for keeping clubs open, the more likely it is that Scotland’s bingo halls will be able to continue welcoming customers in a secure manner.
This all becomes moot of course should the rest of the UK follow England into another total lockdown. However, the sentiment will be valuable when it comes time to start re-opening social venues once again.