The ‘firebreak’ lockdown that was invoked by the Welsh government between Friday, 23rd October and Monday, 9th November 2020 caused all non-essential businesses, including bingo halls, to remain closed while the general population was advised to stay at home.
Now that Wales has been out of lockdown for a week-and-a-half, it appears that the bingo industry is getting back on its feet.
Mecca Bingo, which owns clubs in Wrexham and Swansea, has reported an “excellent response from customers since reopening” and is hopeful that players will be allowed to continue attending until the end of the year, subject to any extra restrictions that the Welsh government may put in place.
The operator, which owns 76 bingo halls across the UK, is currently required to keep its English venues closed as England undergoes a 4-week lockdown. However, over the border in Swansea and Wrexham, players can continue to enjoy their favourite games until 10 PM daily, although the owners have set capacity limits as part of its ongoing safety measures.
There are also restrictions on how many players can sit together, tables are spread out to meet the 2-metre social distancing requirement, and customers must wear face masks when moving around the clubs.
In the run-up to the festive season, Mecca Bingo’s Welsh venues are participating in a national campaign that aims to provide food hampers to families who are struggling this winter. Visitors to the Swansea and Wrexham clubs, as well as local businesses, are invited to donate any unwanted gifts along with toiletries, drinks, and food to support the “Everyone Deserves a Christmas” campaign.
Players who are currently unable to play bingo with Mecca in-person can check out the operator’s brand-new website which is even more colourful than before. Plus, it’s been updated to reflect the latest in-club news and money promotions.