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COVID Case Reported by Welsh Bingo Hall

Earlier this week, a Welsh council urged members of the public to be extra vigilant after a new COVID-19 case was found to have visited a local bingo hall. Understandably, this may have caused alarm to bingo players looking forward to returning to their favourite clubs. So, what are bingo halls doing to keep us safe?

The Welsh case

The Welsh track and trace team recently issued a warning to players who may have visited Castle Bingo in Neath on Monday, 17th May 2021 after a visitor to the venue tested positive for COVID-19.

The local council also urged people who had attended the club on 17th May to be mindful of the symptoms of the virus and arrange for a test or self-isolate if necessary.

Are bingo halls unsafe?

Some people who enjoy playing land-based bingo may be concerned that venues are not as safe as they’d hoped.

However, it’s important to remember that all entertainment and hospitality venues that are open to members of the public are duty-bound to take contact details from all their visitors. Plus, there are strict measures that such venues must abide by to keep their customers safe.

In addition, more of us have now received one, if not both, of our jabs meaning that it’s less likely that we will be severely affected by the virus provided that we stick to social distancing and hygiene rules.

What steps are bingo halls taking to protect customers and staff?

Although bingo halls only reopened on 17th May 2021, they were also allowed to reopen briefly last year. So, many extra safety measures were already in place for when customers returned this month.

Venues must follow government guidelines and they have also been issued guidance by The Bingo Association. Rules on entering and exiting clubs, social distancing signs, hand sanitising stations, limiting the number of people who can sit together, contactless payment options, and enhanced cleaning regimes are just some of the extra safety measures that are being observed by club owners.

Bingo halls must also assist Test and Trace teams by keeping records of player and staff visits so that, as was the case with Castle Bingo in Neath Port Talbot, anyone who may have come into contact with someone who later tests positive for COVID-19 can be contacted.

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