Buzz Bingo to cut 573 jobs and close 26 halls across the UK

Covid-19 News | Employment & Skills | Leisure & Tourism | National

Nottingham-based Buzz Bingo has announced the permanent closure of 26 sites, putting 573 jobs at risk – and has blamed the impact of coronavirus for the decision.

The company’s remaining 91 halls will continue to trade when they reopen on August 6, and hope that no further cuts or closures will have to be made.

Buzz Bingo CEO Chris Matthews said: “The ongoing pandemic has had far-reaching consequences for the entire leisure and hospitality sector and an immediate and significant impact on our business.”

Following the government-enforced lockdown on March 21, the firm initially furloughed the majority of its 3,400 staff.

Buzz Bingo’s online business will continue to trade as usual for the foreseeable future.

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