Last week, after a 17-day firebreak lockdown, bingo halls in Wales reopened.
Much to the delight of the locals, bingo halls in Wales reopened their doors on the 9th of November and already looking ahead to the busy festive period ahead.
BingoDaily got the opportunity to quiz Mecca Bingo, the UK's leading retail bingo operator with two branches in Wales and operator of one the UK's most popular bingo sites, on the Welsh reopenings
Are all Mecca bingo halls in Wales now open?
Mecca Bingo has two bingo halls in Wales, Swansea and Wrexham, both of which are now open as of Monday 9th November.
What restrictions are in place? alcohol, limited numbers?
Both clubs are open until 10pm, with capacity limits in place as part of our safety measures. In keeping with government guidelines, we have a number of measures in place, including groups of no more than 4 people permitted from mixed households, 2-metre social distancing in place, and masks are to be worn when entering and exiting the club and moving around (not seated at the table eating and drinking). Alcohol is still being sold, as permitted by the guidelines.
What has the footfall been like since reopening?
Mecca is such a big part of the local community, so we have been delighted to welcome back our loyal customers in Swansea and Wrexham. We've had an excellent response from customers since reopening, and have the stringent capacity and social distancing measures in place.
With a number of bingo halls closing in the UK over the summer, are there any bingo halls in Wales under review?
In line with the current guidelines, both of our clubs are open. We are constantly keeping up to date with any changes, all of which are reflected in the club.
At this stage, there are no plans to close either Wales venues. We remain committed to offering as many customers as possible a first-rate bingo experience in our Welsh clubs and we are working hard to ensure we emerge from the pandemic as best we can.
Our Wales clubs are working hard to raise money for gift hampers for our ‘Everyone Deserves a Christmas' campaign, and are encouraging local customers and businesses to drop off any food, drinks, toiletries and gifts that they can spare, to ensure that no family needs to struggle this Christmas.