We’re ready to get Scotland ‘Back to Bingo’
The Scottish Government has finally given bingo clubs across Scotland an indicative date to reopen.
That means that by the 24th August bingo clubs in Scotland should be welcoming you back into clubs for a safe game of bingo, and we can’t wait to see you.
I say ‘should’ because the Scottish Government has already stressed that this date is indicative and might be pushed back further. This is despite bingo clubs having already made themselves Covid-19 secure with PPE, physical distancing, and increased hygiene measures already in place. It is also despite pubs, hotels and restaurants having opened weeks ago, bingo clubs across England having successfully reopened earlier this month, and bingo clubs in Wales about to open on Monday 3rd August.
We are clear that while we are hugely relieved to have a date to work towards, and while we support the Scottish Government’s cautious approach out of lockdown, there must be no further delay to when our clubs can reopen.
Any delay beyond the 24th would be catastrophic for bingo in Scotland, with many clubs already struggling to survive until August, putting hundreds of jobs at risk and impacting on you – our valued customers.
Playing bingo in Scotland isn’t just an incredibly popular activity for all generations – it is also a safe place for people to meet friends and family, and is a vital community hub. With loneliness on the rise, many people need COVID-19 safe spaces to overcome social isolation and connect with others. Indeed, 1 in 10 bingo club members say they can’t imagine life without bingo and 3 in 10 say it is the highlight of their week.
This is why we are asking you to call on the Scottish Government to rule out any further delay and consider how it can support struggling clubs to survive until August 24th.
To help, you can:
- Write to the Scottish Government. Simply fill out the short form to ask the Scottish Government to ask them to stick to August 24th as the reopening date, and to look at how they can help struggling clubs survive.
The more people we have making the case for bingo, the more likely we are to see the game we love return, and our cherished clubs reopening in a secure manner.
Miles Baron, CEO of the Bingo Association
Send an email to
The Scottish Government
Your email will look like this
Letter to representatives
FAO the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon; Jeane Freeman MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport; Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture; Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People
Thank you for announcing that my local bingo club [Name of your club] will be able to reopen on August 24th.
I am a regular bingo player and over lockdown I have been missing the game I love and being able to meet up with my friends. I am looking forward to getting back to my club and socialising again.
While I support your cautious approach out of lockdown, I also want to ask that you do not consider any further delay to when bingo clubs can reopen. Many clubs are already struggling to make it to August 24th, and any more delays could mean they have to close their doors for good.
Please could you also consider how bingo clubs might be supported to survive until the end of August? Many need more funding if they are to be able to reopen. It would be such a shame if these fun and safe spaces in our local communities are lost for good, leaving local people out of work and many customers in increased social isolation.
During lockdown bingo clubs invested a lot of time and money contacting their customers to ensure they were safe and well and not forgotten, including by helping prepare and deliver essential supplies to them at the height of the pandemic.
[Your name and email address]