OLDHAM'S Mecca Bingo hall in King Street is set to reopen from July 4, following the government's relaxing of coronavirus lockdown measures.

Some 36 clubs will be welcoming back customers after closing their doors in March.

The remaining clubs will follow with a phased reopening from mid-July onwards and Mecca await official guidance from the Scottish and Welsh Government regarding the opening date for the clubs located there.

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.”

To safeguard its players and team Mecca says it has put in place stringent safety standards and cleaning measures across all clubs.

Team members have undergone robust and rigorous training so they are ready to reopen the doors to the public and ensure everyone can play safely.

Enhanced cleaning routines will be established with staff 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 readily available around all clubs.

Social distancing will be in place throughout the clubs, with clear signage to help guide customers. There will be a capacity cap in place in all clubs to ensure numbers are managed carefully.

Customers can choose to both pay and play using contactless devices but will still have the option to use cash if they prefer.

They will be able to order food and drink using their mobile or MAX screen at their bingo table.

Mecca will be launching a pre-booking service in July, which will allow customers to secure their space to play, pre-order food and drinks and avoid disappointment.

Opening hours will be extended in the majority of clubs to accommodate the new format "Popingo", which will allow visitors to literally pop in and play for an hour, alongside some fun new entertainment including a regular quiz night and great value food and drink offers.