Lockdown? Bingo Set for Shutdown as National Lockdown Looms

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The whole of England should be bracing itself for a new national lockdown which has been proposed to the government and looks set to be announced on Monday.

Leaked to the press on Friday night, the new lockdown will entail ‘closing all but essential shops and schools from Wednesday until December 1.' This will mean a full closure of all bingo halls in England for a period of four weeks.

The latest move comes as scientists advising the government warned that the coronavirus is on track to kill 85,000 over the winter. Official documents from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) seen by the BBC showed that scientists estimated that, by mid-October, there were between 43,000 and 74,000 people being infected with coronavirus daily in England.

Although no decision has been officially made by Boris Johnson as yet, it is widely expected that, despite a split in the cabinet over the subject, a new four-week lockdown in England will be announced as early as Monday 2nd November.

Where and When are Bingo Halls Open in the UK?

Currently, Nottingham is the latest region to join tier-three lockdown whilst West Yorkshire will join the third tier from Monday. Once West Yorkshire joins, it will mean almost a fifth of England will be under the strictest COVID-19 restrictions.

In England, bingo halls are closed in Greater Manchester and Lancashire but bingo halls remain open in South Yorkshire and the Liverpool City region despite all being under the same tier-three lockdown.

In Wales, bingo halls were closed on On Friday 23rd October as part of a two-week ‘fire-break' lockdown. Bingo halls in Wales are expected to reopen on the 7th of November.

In Northern Ireland, new regulations were introduced on October 16th that sees bingo halls close for four weeks. Bingo halls are expected to reopen after Friday 13th November.

Some of Scotland's bingo halls were closed earlier this month. However, just a few days ago a new 5-tier restriction system was introduced which will see more bingo halls close. Currently, Inverclyde, East and West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, and the City of Glasgow; South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and North Ayrshire; Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire; The City of Edinburgh, North and South Lanarkshire, Midlothian, West Lothian and East Lothian have all been placed under level 3 restrictions which sees bingo halls closed for two weeks.

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