BingoDaily has just learned that Britain's largest retail bingo operator, Buzz Bingo, will start a phased reopening of their clubs from August 6th. Twelve Buzz Bingo clubs will reopen on August 6th with other reopenings being staggered after.
To ensure customer and colleague safety, Buzz Bingo has implemented enhanced safety measures including a new maximum capacity within clubs, floor markers to encourage social distancing, Perspex screens, and hand sanitising stations.
The 12 clubs that will initially reopen on 6 August are:
Nottingham Top Valley
New Measures at Buzz Bingo
Measures across all clubs include –
- Introducing a new maximum capacity to allow for social distancing
- All clubs will now have markers on the floor, both inside and outside, to keep customers safe while queueing
- Perspex screens have been installed at the reception, bar and bingo sales, as well as between machines and fixed gaming terminals so that players and colleagues are able to maintain social distancing
- Some seats will be marked as ‘out of use’ to keep players safely distanced – there will be ‘group’ and individual seating areas to allow families and ‘one household’ to play together
- All colleagues across the clubs will be in line with COVID Secure risk assessments and a new and more frequent cleaning rota will be in place
- Sanitising stations will be available around clubs to keep hands clean before touching bingo equipment or machines which players will be encouraged to make use of
- Contactless card payments will be increased up to the value of £45
- There will be a number of changes to the menu and the way food is served to ensure kitchen staff are able to work socially distanced
- Continued personal support for all customers – extending the Buzz Buddies support offered in lockdown for elderly and vulnerable customers
Chris Matthews, CEO of Buzz Bingo said: “We can’t wait to reopen our doors from 6th August and be back together again with our customers, it has been a long time apart. Our clubs are at the heart of local communities but we only wanted to reopen when we were sure we had done everything to keep our customers and colleagues safe.
“We’ve missed seeing everyone but the health and safety of our colleagues and customers is our number one priority. We’ve made sure extensive measures have been put in place to offer customers comfort so that they can safely return to their local bingo club to see old friends and enjoy a few games again.
“We’ve spent the last few months eagerly preparing for their return and our clubs are now covid-secure with enhanced cleaning schedules, simplified sessions and easy social distancing. We want everyone to feel safe and relaxed in their local club and in the meantime, we are there for our customers with bingo, slots and games online at buzzbingo.com.
“We can’t wait to welcome everyone back – at a social distance of course; both our regular players and friends – as well as new players who might want to try something new. Let’s help the nation get its buzz back!”
Unclear on Remaining Buzz Bingo Clubs Opening
With just 12 of the 117 Buzz Bingo clubs spread around the UK, it is still unclear as to when the remaining clubs will be opened. BingoDaily has reached out for comment and will update this article once we know more.