Bingo halls across the UK have told of the “relief” of reopening last month, with initial visitor numbers proving that demand is still high for the national game.
Bingo halls across the UK have spoken of the “wonderful” response from happy customers following their reopening on 17 May, with visitor numbers exceeding expectations in many venues.
With players keen to socialise and reconnect with their community once more, the efforts of dedicated staff members to ensure a safe return to business have been rewarded with high turnout in many venues up and down the country.
“We have had 120 people in this afternoon which is really good for us,” Mecca Bingo Beeston’s GM Robert Lees told the Nottingham Post on the day of reopening. “We’ve got 54 people pre-booked for tonight. Then we are very busy throughout the week leading up to the weekend as well which we’re lucky to be very busy for.”
“However for safety reasons we’re ensuring our cap of 325 is still happening on every session. Due to the demand that we have had we would recommend them pre-booking but they do not have to as long as they get here early enough.”
In Barrow, Opera Bingo’s GM Paul Holland told The Mail “it’s been wonderful being back open and seeing friendly faces again. It’s been a successful first week, and we’re looking forward to seeing even more customers old and new in the coming weeks.”
“Since reopening our doors on Monday we’ve had two jackpot winners and two Sweet 16 link winners. It always creates a fantastic atmosphere when you get a big winner in the club and after everything we’ve all been through during the pandemic it just made things that little bit sweeter having something nice to celebrate.”
Elsewhere in Scotland, the manager of Buzz Bingo Coatbridge Gordon Barr told Daily Record “it’s been good to see lots of familiar faces and new ones as well, and everyone feels it’s good to be back to normality, with social distancing in place.”
“Being able to reopen is a relief and our customers are delighted to be back; it’s like a second family here for most of them and it’s great that they get to see the staff that they know, spend time with friends and have a great time.”