Small UK gaming venues begin to reopen, including bars and the National Videogame Museum

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More gaming-related venues are reopening in the UK following the lifting of the lockdown.

Earlier today the National Videogame Museum in Sheffield sent emails out to some of its followers and supporters about a preview day on Saturday August 15th.

“This will be the first time we open to the public with our new safety measures in place,” the museum said in an email.

“We’ve been asked a lot about reopening. With our community’s help, we’ve been building hygiene and safety measures into our museum that keep visitors safe, while preserving our unique experience – the interactive, playable and fun museum that you remember.”

Elsewhere, London’s Platform gaming bar has reopened and is available to visit from Wednesdays to Sundays, with PVC separators now in place and other new safety measures. However, walk-ins are limited and customers are being asked to book a slot online, reports Esports Insider.

“It’s been very strange to close for our first anniversary, but we’ve been working very hard through the lockdown to reset and refresh our branding and offering,” said Nicolò Portunato, Platform COO.

Other venues have been opened for a while already. The Wanyoo esports studio in Charing Cross reopened on July 8th. There’s also a studio in Coventry and a new one at Canary Wharf. Meltdown London also reopened in early July and others are open too, including Pixel Bar in Leeds.

In addition, most of GAME’s Belong Arenas have reopened, except the Craigavon, Glasgow, Hull and Wardour Street stores, as they cannot fully comply to the government’s social distancing guidelines at the moment.

GAME said on the Belong website: “All our open arenas have been carefully set up – and modified, where needed – to ensure they can be run safely for everyone. We have introduced a wide range of measures, which include desk spacing, screens at tills, guidelines on the floor to maintain strict social distancing, staff wearing visors, only accepting card payments, as well as a full clean of all peripherals, desks and chairs after each use.

“We are also asking you to wear a mask in our arenas.”

GAME recently sold its Belong Gaming Arenas brand to Vindex, which hopes to open 500 stores in the US and 1,000 more globally over the next five years.

Pubs and restaurants recently reopened in the UK – you can see some more info and FAQs on this on the BBC website.

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