Like other British bingo clubs, Buzz Bingo was forced to close its doors when the UK went into lockdown on 23rd March 2020. But now, life is getting back to (sort of) normal, and bingo halls in England were allowed to reopen earlier this month.
For players who’ve been unable to visit their favourite venues for over 4 months, the prospect of going to a potentially busy bingo club might be rather alarming.
However, the UK’s bingo operators have been hard at work to ensure that customer safety is paramount, and when Gloucester’s Buzz Bingo hall in the Peel Centre opened late last week, a local news team went down to see exactly what changes have been implemented.
In the days leading up to the grand reopening, the club had been sharing photos and videos on its Facebook page to let players see first-hand what they have done to promote social distancing and keep the venue as clean as possible.
Not only are there stickers on the front door to remind customers to keep at least 1 metre apart, but there’s also a new entry system that involves a host greeting visitors before accompanying them to their pre-booked seats.
People are politely requested to make use of the hand sanitising station by the entrance, and there are several other similar stations dotted around the club.
Players can go to the book sales area provided there is no queue, and both staff and customers are further protected by the Perspex screens that are now in place at the desk.
Within the main bingo hall, there’s now booth-like seating and to ensure that everyone feels welcome and safe. The seats are grouped into sections for households, social bubbles and singles.
Tables are disinfected following every session, and whenever players order food and drink from the bar, their order is delivered directly to their table by an employee wearing full PPE.
These practices and procedures may have been seen in person at one venue in Gloucester, but bingo players nationwide can be sure that every venue is being just as considerate of customer needs and safety.