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Effective this month, Challenger Bingo players must have reservations 24 hours in advance.

Ben Howard, business manager, said the new policy provides each player with an individual table and keeps everyone well over 6 feet apart.

The change was made in response to a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the region and limits the number of players to 80 per session. Masks are required at all times unless players are eating or drinking, Howard said.

Seats can accommodate up to 170 Bingo players, but average attendance was hovering around 110 before the new policy took effect.

So far, the response has been positive and reservations are usually filled, he added.

Bingo is played at the Challenger Club on 1500 Weeden Mountain Drive five days a week, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Doors open at 3 p.m. and sessions begin at 6:45 on weeknights. On Saturday, doors open at 11 a.m. and the session starts at 1:45 p.m.

“Two for Tuesday” specials allow players to buy any Bingo package and get one free (limited to one free package per person).

“Dinner and Bingo” takes place on Thursdays, when a free “served buffet” with an entree, sides and dessert is provided at no additional charge.

With the exception of the dinner night, no food is sold other than snacks in vending machines. Players are allowed to bring in their own food, and beer and wine is available for purchase.

Howard said Challenger Bingo payouts range from $12,000 to $15,000 per night, with progressive jackpots that in the past have paid as much as $29K.

Prizes for game winners range from $200 to $1,000, Howard said.

Bingo packages begin at $30, with extra packs and special game cards also for sale.

Reservations can be made in person at the club or by phone at 955-3729.

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