16 people in Staffordshire have tested positive for Coronavirus after attending a bingo night at a venue in Staffordshire. It is important to point out that this was at an event at the Silverdale Working Men’s Club and not a traditional bingo hall. Bingo halls themselves will have much more stringent rules in place than a working men’s club.
The latest outbreak has been traced to the event that was held on Sunday, 16th August 2020 and has resulted in over 1,000 people being tested for the disease.
Staffordshire County Council is now asking anyone who visited the club between 16th and 21st August to take a COVID-19 test as soon as possible as part of its track and trace scheme.
The council has also identified a number of other venues across Staffordshire which may have received visitors that were unknowingly infected, including the Bilash restaurant, the Arnold Machin, the Westbury Tavern in Clayton, Yates in Newcastle Under Lyme, and the Roebuck.
People in the local area can book test appointments online or visit the walk-in centre in Newcastle, as well as the mobile testing unit in Knutton.
The council has confirmed that the majority of affected venues that it has identified through the track and trace scheme have since undertaken risk assessments and can continue to operate as normal. However, Silverdale Working Men’s Club has been advised to remain closed until 7th September following discussions with the local council and Public Health England.
Staffordshire County Council’s Director of Health and Care, Dr Richard Harling, says that the outbreak was caused by people who attended the bingo night on 16th August subsequently meeting up with family and friends.
Silverdale Working Men’s Club, which is situated on the High Street in Newcastle Under Lyme, reopened on 20th July after lockdown restrictions were eased. It hosts weekly bingo nights every Sunday and has a one-way system in place to protect staff and customers. However, this just goes to show how easy it is to become complacent and how important extra hygiene, masks and social distancing really are.