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Jun
18th

Swine Flu Causing Bingo Hall Closures

Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a swine flu pandemic. The pandemic warning means that the WHO considers the spread of swine flu to be unstoppable. The WHO has issued non-pharma measures that can be taken to slow the spread of the virus. In Mexico, many bingo halls have been closed to restrict the gathering of crowds as a preventative measure.

In the US a parochial school in Ohio has closed for disinfection and the bingo hall connected with the school has been closed. Obviously the swine flu pandemic is having an affect on the bingo industry in many parts of the world. Mexico has been particularly hard hit. Mexican bingo provider CIRSA has reported a $698,969 drop in revenues since the closures. Texas based bingo provider MultiMedia Games Inc has closed most of its bingo halls until it is safe to re open.

MultiMedia’s chief executive Anthony Sanfilippo expressed concern over the drop in revenue. “The impact to our revenues from the closing of these venues is still to be determined and will depend in part on the dates of the reopening of the facilities and in the play levels thereafter as the public begins to get back to normal routines.”

There is one sure way to prevent swine flu exposure for bingo players – online bingo. Internet bingo players are not subject to the coughing, sneezing, and sniffling of fellow players in a stuffy bingo hall. Online bingo can be played from the comfort and privacy of one’s own home limiting exposure to the swine flu virus. So stay healthy—play internet bingo!