The bosses of Globe Bingo in Johnstone, among many others, are publicly urging the Scottish Government to confirm a date for when they can reopen.
The Globe’s Richard Laciok says that hundreds of the club’s players are eagerly awaiting news as to when they can resume playing at the town centre venue. Yet the Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is still yet to issue any guidance on when this may be likely to happen.
Mr Laciok, who is the Managing Director of the New Globe Bingo and Social Club, told a local newspaper that the lack of clarity is causing a financial impact as they are “still having to pay for insurance, and utilities such as gas, electricity and phone lines”.
Usually, the club welcomes around 50 members on quiet days and up to 170 during busy sessions. However, as the club has a seating capacity of 700, Mr Laciok says that creating a social distancing-friendly space is “not an issue”. He also says that all players are required to swipe their membership cards on arrival which will make contact tracing easier.
The venue has also installed screens, redesigned the seating areas, and introduced PPE and temperature checks.
At the same time that Globe Bingo is calling on the Scottish Government to shed some light on when land-based bingo can resume, the Bingo Association is also launching a campaign which aims to raise awareness of concerns in the bingo sector that have been caused by the lack of clarity on reopening.
Unfortunately, Nicola Sturgeon has only given an ‘indicative’ date for re-opening of Scottish bingo halls and this is not written in stone yet, although it is a step forward. The First Minister warned that there is “little room” for any further easing of lockdown restrictions which is likely to leave both Scottish gym and bingo lovers disappointed. Instead, the Scottish Government is concentrating on shielding and reopening schools while it waits to see if the recent reopening of indoor hospitality and tourism has any impact.