BACTA ISSUES GUIDANCE FOR PUB MACHINES
British Amusement Catering Trade Association
Bacta has highlighted The importance of keeping amusement & Gaming machines on site, as they are a valuable source of income for licensed premises.
The Government guidance for pubs reopening itself makes no mention of machines but does require customers to remain seated where possible. Our collective view is that with proper risk assessments in place, written and owned by the pub, there is no reason why customers should not be permitted to play machines or to play pool. Below are some suggested approaches pubs could take to address risks.
- Fruit machines can, if necessary, be re-located away from pinch points in the venue.
- A stool can be used to provide seating in front of them.
- Players will in any case be facing away from other customers and will be stationary.
- Robust cleaning protocols will ensure the machine is wiped down before use by other players, significantly reducing surface transmission risk.
- Reohorn Amusements are providing hand sanitiser dispensers attached to each fruit machine and signs encouraging hand hygiene.
- Premises where Pool tables are located will need to include the table and accessories in the new premises cleaning routine; ensuring that Pool cues, balls, chalk and table surface cleaning are included.
- Customers can be advised to remain seated until it is their turn to play.
- Reohorn Amusements are providing hand sanitiser dispensers attached to each pool table and signs encouraging hand hygiene.
- Jukeboxes should not be problematic but it should be noted that volumes will need to be reduced to a level where people in venue are not having to raise their voice or shout as this presents a raised air-borne transmission risk by an infected person.
- The use of Mobile APPS to choose songs should be encouraged, to minimise use of touchscreen.
- Reohorn Amusements are providing hand sanitiser dispensers attached to each Juke box, signs encouraging hand hygiene and POS table cards advertising that a Mobile APP can be used to pay songs on the jukebox.