Eyes down, dabbers at the ready: Bingo is back as halls reopen

By Harriet Evans | Dudley | News | Published:

Bingo halls are preparing to get the bingo balls rolling again as they call customers back from July 4.

Mecca Bingo is preparing to welcome customers back into bingo halls

Following Government guidelines, Mecca Bingo has announced a phased reopening of 36 clubs across the country, including ones in Brierley Hill, Oldbury and Wednesbury.

Jonathon Swaine, managing director of retail at Mecca Bingo, said: “We want to reassure the Mecca Bingo community that we are working together to take every precaution necessary to create a safe environment in which to play the nation’s favourite game.

"We’re also investing in new entertainment formats in our clubs, to give everyone even better experiences. We are excited to reopen our doors, welcome back our communities and hear ‘House’ called once again.”

Stringent safety standards and cleaning measures have been introduced across all clubs.

Mecca Bingo is preparing to welcome customers back into bingo halls

Team members cleaning as they go and all tables, machines and touchpoints will be cleaned regularly throughout the day.

Visitors will be asked to clean their hands with hand sanitiser stations and social distancing measures and a capacity cap will be in place inside.

Contactless and cash payments will be taken for players and food and drink can be ordered using mobile phones or MAX screens at the bingo table


Opening hours will be extended in the majority of clubs to accommodate the new format ‘Popingo’, which will allow customers to pop in and play for an hour and‘Mecca Cares’ sessions created for those who may be feeling a little nervous.

Mecca will be launching a pre-booking service in July for customers to book a slot to come in and play.

For more information visit the Mecca Bingo website.

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at

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