Mecca Bingo has responded to reports of an alleged breach in the coronavirus rules at its club on Ormrod Street, in the infection hot spot of Bolton.
Reports circulating in local and on social media claimed that the club had been advertising that its bar was open for players with police and local authority licensing team alerted to the situation.
A statement from Mecca Bingo confirmed: “We received guidance from our sponsor department in government, DCMS, that, on account of the specific licensing regulations of bingo venues, we were able to continue to offer food and drinks to our customers, and we therefore did so in good faith. However, the local council’s interpretation of bingo club licensing differs and we fully respect their decision, which we have complied to and have ceased our food and drink offering with immediate effect.
“We firmly reject any suggestion that we have acted irresponsibly, and would reiterate that the safety of our colleagues and customers remains our number one concern and we are very much looking forward to continuing to provide a great and ultra-safe bingo experience for our loyal and understanding customers at Mecca Bolton.”
In an extended interview on rank.com posted September 10th, John O’Reilly, chief executive, outlined the undertakings made by the Mecca brand during the Covid-19 crisis. “The amazing initiative and innovation shown by colleagues during lockdown will underpin the successful re-emergence of the Group from the Covid-19 crisis” he stated. “From our community kitchens in Mecca and Grosvenor venues, delivering thousands of free meals every week, to online bingo rooms for individual Mecca Club customers to chat with their friends and play bingo for free, to our Mecca Friend programme in which colleagues called regular customers just to check in to make sure they have been successfully handling lockdown, our colleagues have demonstrated what top class hospitality people do best, and that is looking after people, making sure they have whatever support they need and are having fun.”