When will bingo halls reopen?
25th February 2021

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Bingo halls, cinemas and museums have been closed across England since the country was plunged into lockdown on January 4. The lockdown was implemented as authorities endeavoured to grapple with rising rates of coronavirus and in the wake of the arrival of new Covid variants which prove to be more easily transmissible and infectious. But when exactly will bingo halls reopen?

Boris Johnson today promised a review into the use of vaccine passports but said there were “deep and complex issues” to consider.

He said introducing the idea of Covid-status certificates was a “novelty” in the UK.

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove will lead the vaccine passport review.

The comments came a day after Mr Johnson revealed his roadmap for lockdown easing and as Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveiled her plan for a phased by the significant reopening of areas in Scotland.

A further 8,489 coronavirus cases were recorded across the UK on Tuesday.

In total, 548 more people have died within 28 days of a positive test, taking the total by that measure to 121,305.

According to the latest Government coronavirus dashboard data, more than 17.9 million people across the UK have now received at least one vaccine dose.

The Government is aiming to vaccinate a total of 32 million people by the end of April and all adults by the end of July.

When will bingo halls reopen?

According to Government guidance, all entertainment and tourism venues must close including nightclubs, trampoline parks, zoos and museums.

Under new plans announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday, February 22, indoor entertainment venues will reopen in the coming weeks beginning with outdoor sports facilities such as golf courses and basketball courts on March 29.

From April 12, more outdoor entertainment and tourism venues including children’s play activities, zoos, theme parks, drive-in cinemas, libraries and community centres can reopen.

All remaining outdoor entertainment venues and indoor entertainment venues including bingo halls, museums, theatres, children’s play areas and cinemas will reopen from May 17.

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Speaking from the House of Commons, Mr Johnson said: “Step three will begin no earlier than May 17.

“Provided the data satisfies the four tests, most restrictions on meetings outdoors will be lifted, subject to a limit of 30.

“And this is the point when you will be able to see your friends and family indoors – subject to the Rule of Six or the meeting of two households.

“We will also reopen pubs and restaurants indoors, along with cinemas and children’s play areas, hotels, hostels, and B&Bs.

“Theatres and concert halls will open their doors, and the turnstiles of our sports stadia will once again rotate, subject in all cases to capacity limits depending on the size of the venue.”

Developments on May 17 will be the third stage in easing lockdown restrictions and will include the additional steps:

  • People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
  • Six people or two households can meet indoors
  • Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
  • Up to 30 people can meet to celebrate weddings or other life events, like christenings
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open
  • Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children’s play areas can open
  • Performances and large events will be subject to limits though. For indoor events, they can be at half capacity or 1,000 people, and outdoors they can be at half capacity or 4,000 people – whichever is lower. For large venues (at least 40,000 capacity) up to 10,000 will be allowed to attend
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen
  • International leisure travel will resume no earlier than May 17
  • Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can start up again.

Each stage of the lockdown easing schedule will be a minimum of five weeks apart.

For lockdown easing to continue to progress, four conditions must be met before proceeding to the next stage.

The first condition is the coronavirus vaccine programme continues to go to plan.

The second is vaccines sufficiently reduce the number of people dying with the virus or needing hospital treatment.

Infections rates not risking a surge in hospital admissions is the third condition.

The fourth and last condition is that new coronavirus variants do not fundamentally change the risk of lifting restrictions.

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