The UK Bingo scene is, as much of the country, in turmoil this week as the coronavirus situation worsens.
After only advising people not to attend bars, clubs, restaurants and bingo halls just last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson today said that bars, pubs, restaurants will close on Friday evening. All the UK's nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres have also been asked to close “as soon as they reasonably can”.
Many bingo halls took it upon themselves to act already. Whilst some applied their own testing, others like Bongo's Bingo, postponed all upcoming events.
However, the nationwide closure will affect all clubs nationwide.
Buzz Bingo CEO Reacts
Chris Matthews, CEO of Buzz Bingo said of the national shutdown:
“Given the rapidly evolving situation with coronavirus and advice from government for people to avoid clubs, pubs, restaurants and bars, it is with great sadness that I must announce the temporary closure of all Buzz Bingo clubs from Saturday, March 21, with our last session being the evening of Friday, March 20.
“We care too much about our customers and colleagues to put you at risk.”
“We desperately wanted to keep bringing you club bingo sessions through the crisis. For many members in the Buzz Bingo community, coming to a local Buzz Bingo club is a wonderful time to get together with family and friends.”
“I couldn’t possibly count how many times a Buzz Bingo club colleague has told me that many of their players feel more like friends than customers.”
“However, as the situation has evolved, it’s clear that keeping our clubs open is impossible without compromising customer and colleague safety.”
“I know I speak for all Buzz Bingo colleagues when I say that the Buzz Bingo community means the world to us. We may be physically distanced from you for a while, but your support, understanding, and well wishes are cheering us up more than we can say. We’re still playing online bingo and slots together every day right here at Buzz Bingo.com and we’ll be doing our very best to bring you even more great online activity than usual.”
“It’s not the same as being with you in person, but for now it’s the best we can do until our reopening party.”