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VFW Post 3619 to reopen Bingo

Carly John
Beauregard Daily News

The VFW Post 3619, located at 1115 Highway 27 DeRidder, reopened on Friday, July 31 after the Governor's order to close. 

"After the initial Closures in March, we were able to conduct some much-needed upgrades to our Bingo equipment, removing the old-style flashboards and replacing them with 2 sets of 3x 60" LED TV Banks that work in unison as one unit, as well as a completely new Bingo Machine. After contacting the Office of Charitable Gaming, we were authorized to open our doors for Bingo Operations after certain criteria were met," said VFW post 3619

The VFW is required to ensure that all of the tables and seats were to be separated according to CDC guidelines of 6 feet apart.

Plastic shielding is to be put up around all sellers and a questionnaire and temperature screening is required upon entry for all players and all employees to ensure that no one allowed in was sick. 

"We were directed to only allow 50% capacity of our hall, which would achieve the 6-foot separation requirement. Additionally, we have masks and hand sanitizer for our patrons to use, if needed,"  said the VFW post. 

"Our regular Bingo Players were very happy that we were able to open, and for them to get see each other again," said the post. 

So far there have been two Bingo sessions since May 29. 

 Bingo operates on Fridays, 5:30 PM doors open, early sessions is at 6:30 PM and main session is at 7:00 PM; and on Sundays, doors open at 12:30 PM, early session is 1:30 pm and main session is at 2:00 PM.

All, proceeds from Bingo go to help our Veterans, and the Veteran Programs that we participate in each year, as well as back into the community.

After the Governor’s proclamation in June changed the requirements, we were told we could remain open, however, all players must wear masks as well as the workers that don’t have a shield.