When we first reopened we told you all about the investment we made in making our facility safe for playing bridge in the face of the pandemic. It might be time to revisit that topic!
Early in that period the smart people didn't know what hit us and of course everyone was unprepared and frightened; everywhere there were high rates of infections and associated deaths. But since that time those folks have learned a lot - and the spread is obviously not going to be quelled until a vacine is available. But despite the infection rate seemingly increasing (perhaps because more are being tested) the death rate has settled back to the expected low rate. We at Bonita Bridge with heaps of intrepidation followed the preventative guide lines and have been lucky to not have any one infected through their play here. What we did!
Since we could not enforce the 6 foot rule and still play bridge we erected barriers that keep players safely separated. After a while we realized players didn't need to wear masks while sitting at the table - they already had masks in the form of our plexiglass barriers.
The more difficult task was getting everyone to put their masks back on when they were away from the table.
Since then a health care worker suggested that player not put there masks on the table or on the side tables. So we now ask our player to keep their masks on their person.
We acquired a fogging machine and an approved anti-viral solution and we do santitize the public areas after each game. The solution is required to stay "wet" on surfaces for 2 minutes and then is reactivate by contact with moisture within 24 hours. So if someone sneezes and it hits our sanitized surfaces the antiviral media goes into action and kills any foreign life. The bidding boxes used are included in the sanitation process. We do offer bidding boxes for sale for personal use.
We restrict entrance to a single door and take everyone's temperature upon entry. We did try to institute a cashless system - more to protected ourselves from having to handle money.
Positive-pressure, non-recirculating air-conditioning system. We didn't do it but were fortunate to have the system that forces air up and away from the lower area where our player are and forces it out of the building - not to return.
U-V light wands and hand sanitizing dispensers at each table.
We have 28 sets of boards and conduct only 24 games a month . This means the cards are used only once per month. Any viral contamination is surely dead after that length of time.
A Game for New Players
Every Sunday at 12:30 Bonita Bridge is happy to join McGregor Point Bridge in offering an online game just for players with less than 100 masterpoints.
A Hearty Congratulations Two of our members reached a commedable plateau in their Bridge Life. Connie Walker is now a Life Master, and Ed Alcoff has become a Sapphire Life Master
Bonita Bridge First in the Nation
As early as April we began the research and planning that would permit our players to safely return to the table. After a sizable investment in safety measures Bonita Bridge reopened its doors in mid-June; prbably the first in the nation.
Our efforts have not gone unnoticed! There are now over 40 clubs across the nation that have re -opened to provide the face-to-face experience. Numerous phone calls from far away clubs provided them with the details of our preparations. And in the last week we were visited by a handful of people representing nearby clubs because their members are anxious for the traditional way to play the game. Some of these clubs tell us they are anticipating opening by mid November.
Tuesdays have always been a slow day at Bonita Bridge. So we are introducing 1/2 price Tuesdays. If you play on Monday, you get to play for $6 on the following day. If you play on Tuesday you get to play for half-price on Wednesday.
Pay in Advance is Now Available
To reduce money handling and the congestion before games, we ask that you pay in advance. In the past, many of our friends have bought those little “Free Play” cards that were used in exchange for payment at game time. We are going one step further. You will be able to buy your entries on-line, and we will give you a baker’s dozen (13) when you buy 12. When you buy an entry online, be it one or the bargain (13 for 12) you will receive a receipt via text or email. The cost for the baker’s dozen will be $144, a single entry will cost $12. Our popular 199er/299er special price will be extended to all games restricted to less than 300 master points. You will be able to buy entries for these special games at a rate of $96 for 13 entries or $8 each. Buy Now