Should England’s lockout exit continue as expected by Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week, Simon Thomas, CEO of Hippodrome Casino, has expressed even more delight at the property’s imminent reopening.
This culminated in the reopening of betting shops in England on April 12, with adult gaming facilities, bingo halls, and casinos following suit on May 17. Each phase is subject to scrutiny, so there can be gaps if they need to be moved back.
Thomas has been noting what can be expected until the doors swing open again, after explaining last week that the venue’s “balance sheet is now in tatters with a lot of debt.”
“We’ll reopen on Monday, may 17th. The government has spoken! So it’s with cautious optimism that I can announce that we will reopen on Monday, May 17th,” he said.
“Yes, I know, there have been a few false starts in the past, but I think this time you’ll be safe to put a trip to the Hippodrome in your diary.
“You can imagine how delighted we all are, and in the next few weeks we’ll be finishing off the work we’ve undertaken while we’ve been closed. There’s a brand new casino floor in the gods high up on the fifth floor, a new poker deck with many more tables, and other improvements to make us bigger, better anbusier for the best night (and day) out in London’s West End.
“Keep an eye on our social media in the days to come for news of a raft of special entertainment outdoors on the new terrace, the return of Magic Mike London, menu updates in Heliot Steak House and much more. Till we meet again…stay safe, happy and well. We’ll see you in a few weeks.”
Bingo Association CE voices relied
Furthermore, the Bingo Association’s chief executive, Miles Baron, has voiced relief and delight at the possibility of bingo halls reopening around the country in just over two and a half months.
Addressing the Rank Group, he said: “The land based bingo Industry is delighted to have a firm date to reopen. Thousands of bingo customers have been contacting us via social media to tell us how much they miss social contact and how safe they feel in a bingo club.
“Industry data tells us that 90 per cent of our customers visit bingo with either family and friends, so I have no doubt that on 17 May we will see our customers flooding back to bingo clubs to play their favourite game once again.”