Sunderland's Mecca Bingo to reopen as lockdown eases - these are the changes you need to know about

The Mecca Bingo in Sunderland is to open again as lockdown measures ease.

Friday, 26th June 2020, 9:11 pm
Updated Friday, 26th June 2020, 9:36 pm

In accordance with Government guidelines, the Holmeside bingo hall is one of 36 clubs in England which will welcome back customers on July 4 since closing their doors after lockdown restrictions were imposed in March.

The country’s remaining clubs will follow with a phased reopening from mid-July and opening hours are to be extended at the majority of the clubs.

To safeguard its customers and staff, Mecca has to put in place safety standards and cleaning measures across all of its clubs. Staff have been specially trained to ensure that everyone can play safely.

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Mecca Bingo on Holmeside will be open again on Saturday, July 4. Picture by Stu Norton.

Extra cleaning will be done with staff cleaning as they go. All tables, machines and touchpoints will be cleaned regularly throughout the day. Visitors will be asked to wash their hands, with hand sanitiser stations readily available.

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Social distancing will be in place, with clear signage to help guide customers. A limit to the number of customers will be in place.

Bingo players can choose to both pay and play using contactless devices, but will still have the option to use cash if they prefer.

Bingo players can return to the lovely Mecca Bingo hall on Holmeside on Saturday, July 4. Picture by Stu Norton.

Food and drink can be ordered using mobile phones or MAX screen at their bingo table.

The halls will also be launching a pre-booking service in July, allowing customers to secure their space to play and pre-order food and drinks.

A new system will be introduced at earlier sessions in the day for those who may be nervous. Customer numbers will be reduced at these sessions, so all those attending feel comfortable.

Jonathon Swaine, managing director of retail at Mecca Bingo, said: “We want to reassure the Mecca Bingo community that we are working together to take every precaution necessary to create a safe environment in which to play the nation’s favourite game.

“We’re also investing in new entertainment formats in our clubs, to give everyone even better experiences. We are excited to reopen our doors, welcome back our communities and hear ‘House!’ called once again.”

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