Rank Group has announced that from 4 July it will initiate the ‘phased reopening’ of its Mecca Bingo franchises located across England.
In compliance with public safety steps taken by the government, 36 Mecca outlets will reopen in England on 4 July, as Rank re-establishes its retail presence having been forced to shutter all gambling outlets from mid-March when the UK entered the national lockdown.
Rank ensured that all buildings in Mecca were “covid proofed” before reopening, with all workers receiving thorough training to ensure public health, sanitary conditions in the buildings, and the enforcement of social distance laws.
Facilitating the reopening of Mecca, Rank has outlined that it would force consumers to use contactless payment methods and location apps to position food orders.
Jonathon Swaine, MD of Mecca Bingo Retail 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.”
Rank management explained further to his statement that it is awaiting further guidance from Welsh and Scottish governments to allow the company to reopen all 86 of its Mecca Bingo properties in UK.
Last week, Boris Johnson announced the government’s easing of lockdown rules on recreational enterprises (pubs, restaurants , hotels, cinemas, and hairdressers) – in which casinos were on their excluded list of enterprises pending further government approval.
Rank CEO John O’Reilly has opposed the government’s decision to hold casinos under lockout orders, which released a public statement requesting that the government explain its judgement.
In his statement, O’Reilly stressed that the government’s commitment to maintaining all of its workforce had been undermined by “maintaining casinos in the sidelines.”