Despite Scotland seeing a recent increase in COVID-19 cases, the country’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has been making more Phase 3 changes that will allow both bingo halls and gyms to reopen.
The current measures on bingo halls, outdoor gigs, and driving lessons will be eased on Monday, 24th August 2020 as the First Minister believes that they can safely proceed provided enhanced hygiene, restricted numbers, and physical distancing are observed.
On the same date, people of all ages will be able to resume outdoor contact sports although, for those involving coaching sessions, there is a limit of 30 people.
Mrs Sturgeon also indicated that swimming pools and gyms in Scotland will be able to reopen nearer the end of August. However, there has yet to be a date set for indoor live events and non-essential offices and call centres.
The First Minister says that the Scottish government has given “particularly careful consideration” to bingo hall as they “share some similarities with the indoor hospitality sector”. She adds that such venues will be closely monitored to check that the government’s guidance is strictly adhered to.
Just over the Scottish border in the English city of Carlisle, there’s more good news for British bingo fans as Buzz Bingo has just announced that it will be able to keep its bingo hall from closing.
Last month, the popular bingo brand announced that it would not be reopening 26 of its venues. However, thanks to a rescue plan that’s been put in place with the help of the Carlisle club’s landlord, the venue at English Gate Plaza will remain open for business.
Buzz Bingo’s Chief Retail Officer, Peter Brigden, says that it’s “absolutely fantastic news” for both the club’s “brilliant team and all our customers”. The club currently employees 25 staff whose jobs will now be saved.