Since the stricter tier system in England was announced by the UK government on 26th November 2020, and 99% of the population has found itself placed within the toughest Coronavirus tiers, many bingo players have been left wondering how they will be affected by the latest measures.
Although the system is comprised of three tiers, only counties and areas in Level 1 will have anywhere near a “normal” return to pre-pandemic life, and currently, only three areas (Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, and the Isle of Wight) fall into this category. Around 57% of the country is set to come under Tier 2 while 41.5% will be placed in Tier 3 from December 2nd.
So, how will bingo halls across England and their players be affected by these new changes? We look at how the rules are likely to apply to each of the three tiers below.
Tier 1 and Tier 2
For the purposes of bingo, venues in both Tiers 1 and 2 will be permitted to stay open. However, how they serve food and drink will be different, with customers only being able to order alcohol up until 10 PM and consuming their drinks with a “substantial” meal. Bingo halls (as well as casinos) in these tiers must also close early at 11 PM.
In Tier 3, which affects much of the West Midlands, East Midlands, West Yorkshire and the South West, bingo halls will not be allowed to reopen on 2nd December and will have to wait until the next government review on December 16th to find out if their area’s tier has changed.
As for online bingo, life goes on as normal as there are no restrictions placed on online gambling in the UK.
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