Scottish bingo halls have been dealt another serious blow today, as Nicola Sturgeon applied new restrictions to Scotland.
Across all of Scotland, Pubs and restaurants and presumably bingo halls will not be allowed to serve alcohol indoors for 16 days, starting this Friday. They will be allowed to serve food and non-alcoholic drinks inside from 6am to 6pm.
However, the most drastic of the news is that there will be some temporary bingo hall closures. In the central belt of Scotland, snooker and pool halls, bowling alleys, casinos and bingo halls will have to close for a fortnight as of this Saturday.
The “central belt”, for the purposes of these restrictions, is the health boards covering Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Arran, Lothian, and Forth Valley. A number of bingo halls are affected.
Infections Soar in Scotland
The draconian measures have been brought in as coronavirus cases have been soaring. Over 1,000 new cases reported in 24 hours, 1 new death and 28 in intensive care.
The ‘circuit breaker' technique, using strict lockdown, is hoped to provide a ‘circuit breaker' in the pandemic.
For Scottish bingo clubs already reeling financially from the earlier lockdown, this could sadly be the final straw that breaks the camel's back.