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Weber Bingo closing to test employees after possible coronavirus exposure

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Weber Bingo is making changes to how it operates after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

On June 19, Weber Bingo posted on its Facebook page that it would close through the weekend to allow all of its employees to get tested, after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

The business also planned to sanitize the bingo hall over the weekend.

On Monday, June 22, Weber Bingo announced it would remain closed until Saturday, July 4, 2020.

However, the bingo hall is making changes that will impact customers.

Effective July 4th:

All participants/employees will be required to wear a facial covering (masks, bandana, scarf) while inside the bingo hall.

Anyone entering the bingo hall will have their temperature taken at the door.

Anyone with a temperature of 99 degrees or higher will not be allowed to enter.

Patrons are asked to sanitize hands before entering the bingo hall.

Facial coverings will not be required while consuming food or drinks. However, once done eating you are asked to put your face covering back on.

Social distancing will be enforced. Players will be placed at least six feet apart from anyone who is not a member of the same household.

Patrons are asked to remain in their seats once bingo cards or food has been purchased.

Customers cannot walk up to employees to purchase tabs, workers will go to the tables.

Weber Bingo says these new measures will be put in place for the safety and well-being of both customers and employees.

They will also implement new procedures at the bingo hall to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

Weber Bingo to reopen as stay-at-home order expires

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Until the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and it was forced to close the doors, the staff at Weber Bingo had been operating 364 nights a year for a quarter of a century.

It’ll resume those operations Friday.

Gov. Greg Abbott’s stay-at-home order expires Thursday, allowing some businesses to reopen at 25 percent of their venues’ capacities.

Weber Bingo will be among them.

“We’re going to open and see how it goes, and hopefully it goes well and the charities are profitable,” Weber Bingo operator Kathleen White said. “If they’re not we’ll have to make adjustments accordingly.”

The charities White referred to operate the bingo games at Weber Bingo. There are five of them — YWCA, National LIttle League, Art Center of Corpus Christi, Jewish Community Center, and Corpus Christi Chamber Music — and they’ve had to operate without this valuable revenue source while the parlor was closed.

Twenty-five percent of Weber Bingo’s occupancy is 170 people, but White said there will be plenty of social distancing, because the 13,000- to 15,000-square-foot building contains 123 tables.

She taking another novel coronavirus-prevention measure that’s not required by Abbott: She said all staff members will wear gloves and masks at all times.

White encourages bingo players to do the same.

“I look forward to having some bingo players that feel safe, who are not at risk, who are they themselves, healthy,” she said.

The operator of Weber Bingo says the parlor will reopen Friday as Gov. Greg Abbott's stay-at-home order expires — relaxing COVID-19 restrictions on some businesses