When will bingo return to Southern California's casinos?

The luck of the draw and the fun of gambling isn’t limited solely to things such as slot machines, table games and off-track betting, but also bingo.

At some tribal casinos, bingo has been a staple but it’s also one of the amenities that many casinos in the region have temporarily shuttered due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to keep their patrons safe.

One reader asked us when bingo might return to the casinos. We spoke with three casinos that offer bingo and asked when guests can expect to start stamping their cards again. The answer, for the most part, is that it’s going to take some time.

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino 

Michael Felci, public relations manager for Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, said bingo would be part of the casino’s final phase of reopening.

He said bingo and bowling were both areas that remained closed because of the high amount of contact people have with surfaces.

He said there would be specific safety plans and protocols put in place for those venues, but the date for when they might reopen remains open ended.

Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa 

Casino officials say that bingo was suspended back in mid-March in response to the pandemic and while the casino continues to explore options for safely reopening bingo, no date has been set for its return.

Pechanga Resort Casino 

Ciara Green, media and public relations director for Pechanga Resort Casino, said that bingo is one of the areas not in operation for Pechanga’s initial reopening phases.

“We miss bingo as much as you, but unfortunately we have no immediate plans to reopen at this time,” Green wrote in an email.

Have questions about how the area’s casinos are operating during the coronavirus pandemic? Email Alex Groves at [email protected]

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