The big news of the week is that bingo halls in England will be allowed to reopen from Saturday, 4th July. But, how will they convince players to return and what safety measures are they likely to take? There are also new games coming to 888 bingo brands, Love Island’s Chris Hughes has been helping to feed the homeless, there’s been a new player survey about responsible gaming and a UK Gambling Commission consultation on VIP schemes.
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Bingo halls in England to reopen with restrictions on July 4th
For those of us living in England at least, the prospect of returning to our favourite local bingo club could soon be a reality.
Thanks to the government’s latest easing of COVID-19 restrictions, certain business and venues in England will be allowed to open from Saturday, 4th July 2020.
Although bingo halls are on the “allowed” list, casinos are currently not.
Bingo halls are classed under the government’s “Recreation and Leisure” category and venues are expected to comply with Track and Trace requirements by keeping a temporary record of their customers and visitors for 21 days.
Each chain of clubs is likely to introduce its own additional measures to ensure the safety of its customers.
For example, the Palace Bingo Club in Great Yarmouth is requesting that customers wear masks whenever they’re on the move. The venue has invested in protective screens for each table and will perform temperature checks on arrival. It will also be providing free tissues and hand sanitiser. We expect many more will follow suit to ensure people feel secure.
UKGC opens consultation on VIP schemes
As part of its ongoing commitment to better protect consumers from gambling harm and make gambling safer, the UK Gambling Commission has just begun a consultation process on high-value “VIP” customers”.
The consultation invites UK gambling operators to give their views on the Commission’s proposed changes to the rules that operators must abide by when dealing with VIP players.
The Commission plans to use the feedback to help raise the industry standards that apply to VIP incentives such as VIP schemes and hospitality, as well as the way in which online advertisements are presented and how products and games can be better designed to help players gamble responsibly.
Results of player survey shows we’re savvy about responsible gaming
An online survey carried out by an online gambling bonus review site has found that 94% of UK players are aware of the responsible gaming tools that have been made available to them in recent months.
However, while the majority of us know about such tools as deposit limits, game time reminders, time-outs and self-exclusion, the same survey shows that 31% of players have gambled “somewhat more” than usual since March 2020.
If you’d like to find out more about responsible gaming, WhichBingo can show you the signs to look out for, how to stay in control, and where to find help.
Love Island’s Chris Hughes helps Mecca Bingo feed the homeless
In previous weeks, we’ve mentioned that ex-Love Islander, Chris Hughes has been helping out at Mecca Bingo.
Initially, Chris was in charge of hosting the brand’s Facebook Live lockdown quizzes, but recently, he’s gone above and beyond the call of duty by volunteering alongside other Mecca Bingo employees to help distribute food to those who need it.
Sadly, many people have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 lockdown by being left significantly out of pocket due to redundancy or lack of work.
Therefore, some of the staff at the Mecca Dagenham branch have stepped in to help serve and deliver food to those who are struggling, including homeless people, and Chris spent the day alongside them.
The reality TV star has posted several pictures and videos on his Instagram account that shows him helping to prep food, load vans, and help out with deliveries in the local area.
The voluntary work forms part of Mecca’s #MeccaTogether campaign, which has also seen the British-born bingo brand offer free car parking spaces to NHS workers, support numerous charities, and offer discounted meals to front-line workers.
888 teams up with Playzido
This is thanks to the fact that 888 has partnered with the casino software developer Playzido to expand its current games offering to include several exciting new titles from the likes of Endemol Shine, Bulletproof Games, and ReelPlay, including Dumb and Dummer, Tiki Runner, Atlantis Megaways, and Deal or No Deal Rapid Round.
Well, that’s our roundup of the week’s news. There’s lots happening, but we will keep our eyes peeled so you don’t have to. Just pay us a visit to keep up to date with everything bingo related.