It's been a busy and eventful week for Buzz Bingo on Longlands Road in North Ormesby. Having officially reopened on the Thursday after a four-month lockdown, the popular bingo venue closed its doors the following day on Friday, after a member of staff at the bingo club tested positive for coronavirus.
The joy of reopening did not last long for the Middlesbrough bingo club as just one hour and 15 minutes into a staff member's shift, the employee received the news that a family member whom she had been in contact with the previous weekend had tested positive for the Coronavirus.
Buzz Bingo Staff Tested
A test was immediately organised for the employee who had been wearing a mask and working behind a screen. She tested positive and as a result, the Buzz Bingo hall was closed for the day on Friday for a deep clean. On the same day, 18 of her colleagues were tested for COVID-19. At the time of writing, all the results received so far have tested negative and the bingo venue reopened its doors again today (Saturday 15th August). Two staff members are yet to receive their results, but the company confirmed they are not working today.
It is the latest setback for Buzz Bingo, the UK's largest bingo operator. Recently, Buzz Bingo announced the closure of 26 clubs due to the impact of the global pandemic. A spokesperson for Buzz Bingo said:
“Our Middlesbrough club was closed yesterday, Friday August 14, as a precautionary measure after one of our employees tested positive for covid-19.
“The employee is now self-isolating at home for 14 days, all club colleagues were tested yesterday and we have conducted a thorough deep clean of the club with an external cleaning company.
“All club colleague test results received so far have been negative, with only two colleagues yet to receive their results as at 1pm on Saturday.
“The safety of our colleagues and customers is always our first priority. The club is open today, Saturday, August 15.”