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GAA pull plug on clubs operating Drive-in Bingo

  • 16-10-2020 7:51pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 399 ✭✭ Boxcar_Willie


    Directive out tonight from HQ , clubs operating drive-in bingo told to stop .

    Some local clubs near me have been running this since the Covid-19 outbreak .
    Great money spinner , one club here has made over €75,000 profit in 16 weeks , others struggled to break even .

    Wasn't a big issue if players stayed in their cars but they were all out walking around for an hour before it started , queueing for coffee van and toilets , smoking huddles everywhere , no social - distancing , same crack at the interval.

    Looks like it's a non-runner now until a vaccine is found .


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,911 ✭✭✭ beggars_bush


    Directive out tonight from HQ , clubs operating drive-in bingo told to stop .

    Some local clubs near me have been running this since the Covid-19 outbreak .
    Great money spinner , one club here has made over €75,000 profit in 16 weeks , others struggled to break even .

    Wasn't a big issue if players stayed in their cars but they were all out walking around for an hour before it started , queueing for coffee van and toilets , smoking huddles everywhere , no social - distancing , same crack at the interval.

    Looks like it's a non-runner now until a vaccine is found .
    Move it online
    Our local club has done this


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,749 ✭✭✭ Coillte_Bhoy


    Move it online
    Our local club has done this

    Online bingo, any links to how that works??


  • Registered Users Posts: 160 ✭✭ Murphy14


    Really can’t understand the logic from HQ calling a halt to drive in Bingo yet it’s ok for inter county teams to cris cross the country. Apart from the financial benefit for clubs the bingo gives people in the community an opportunity to get out in a safe environment.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,749 ✭✭✭ Coillte_Bhoy


    Murphy14 wrote: »
    Really can’t understand the logic from HQ calling a halt to drive in Bingo yet it’s ok for inter county teams to cris cross the country. Apart from the financial benefit for clubs the bingo gives people in the community an opportunity to get out in a safe environment.

    But as outlined in the OP it is not a safe environment


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,304 ✭✭✭✭ Fr Tod Umptious


    Directive out tonight from HQ , clubs operating drive-in bingo told to stop .

    Some local clubs near me have been running this since the Covid-19 outbreak .
    Great money spinner , one club here has made over €75,000 profit in 16 weeks , others struggled to break even .

    Wasn't a big issue if players stayed in their cars but they were all out walking around for an hour before it started , queueing for coffee van and toilets , smoking huddles everywhere , no social - distancing , same crack at the interval.

    Looks like it's a non-runner now until a vaccine is found .

    Do you have a link to the directive OP ?

    I'm on the executive of a club that is running one of these and we have not heard boo from HQ that they are now banned


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,759 ✭✭✭ blowitupref


    What was the issue on people sitting in their own cars playing bingo, People travelling into a different county or carpooling?


  • Registered Users Posts: 907 ✭✭✭ lucalux


    What was the issue on people sitting in their own cars playing bingo, People travelling into a different county or carpooling?

    Wasn't a big issue if players stayed in their cars but they were all out walking around for an hour before it started , queueing for coffee van and toilets , smoking huddles everywhere , no social - distancing , same crack at the interval.

    That, I presume?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,759 ✭✭✭ blowitupref


    lucalux wrote: »
    Wasn't a big issue if players stayed in their cars but they were all out walking around for an hour before it started , queueing for coffee van and toilets , smoking huddles everywhere , no social - distancing , same crack at the interval.

    That, I presume?

    Some of the bingos I know of had stopped selling coffee, no toilet breaks or intervals. People stayed in their cars throughout.


  • Registered Users Posts: 399 ✭✭ Boxcar_Willie


    Do you have a link to the directive OP ?

    I'm on the executive of a club that is running one of these and we have not heard boo from HQ that they are now banned
    What was the issue on people sitting in their own cars playing bingo, People travelling into a different county or carpooling?

    I don't have a link .

    The directive was issued yesterday by email I believe .
    All clubs around here have put up notices to that effect and one in particular is going ahead as planned this evening saying this is their final one as the ban comes into operation from midnight .


  • Registered Users Posts: 907 ✭✭✭ lucalux


    Some of the bingos I know of had stopped selling coffee, no toilet breaks or intervals. People stayed in their cars throughout.

    That sounds a lot smarter than whats described above. How people think ignoring the basics is going to help their fundraising is a bit beyond me


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  • Registered Users Posts: 399 ✭✭ Boxcar_Willie




  • Registered Users Posts: 20,798 ✭✭✭✭ Strumms


    Murphy14 wrote: »
    Really can’t understand the logic from HQ calling a halt to drive in Bingo yet it’s ok for inter county teams to cris cross the country. Apart from the financial benefit for clubs the bingo gives people in the community an opportunity to get out in a safe environment.

    It’s a safe environment only if people adhere to restrictions while there. From what the op says, they haven’t been. So then it needs to be knocked on the head. If the hierarchy though are not enforcing it they just won’t be knocking it most likely. No surprise.


  • Registered Users Posts: 545 ✭✭✭ Fred Daly


    The reason why the bingo were stopped was because we have gone from two to three restrictions.


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