Gambling Watchdog Targets December Reopening After England Lockdown

No evidence against gambling venues

According to the strictest tier (Tier 3), non-essential venues including casinos and sportsbooks cannot be open but restaurants and pubs can be under certain circumstances.

The second national lockdown was announced on the 31st of October by UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and came into effect on the 5th of November.

The BGC has remained adamant that there is no evidence to support the idea that casinos and the like have contributed to spreading the virus. They have stipulated that casinos in England have fantastic anti-COVID procedures, including screens, social distancing, and track and trace. According to the BGC, senior public health inspectors have said that casinos’ protocols are among the best in the hospitality and leisure industry in England.

Dugher has expressed his gratitude to the government for their efforts to help support the business during a difficult and uncertain time but has also stressed the ramifications of restrictions on the gambling industry. He went on to highlight the importance of the casino and betting industry to the UK economy.

Gambling Watchdog Targets December Reopening After England Lockdown

Meanwhile, across the English border

In Wales, four casinos could potentially open as early as November the 9th. The First Minister, Mark Drakeford, remarked on the importance to prevent English residents from crossing the border to access Welsh hospitality during the lockdown.

Scotland has its five-tier system which will keep 11 of its casinos, located in the two largest cities, off-limits for the public.

In Northern Ireland, land-based casinos are open whilst across the border in the Republic of Ireland, casinos are closed until December the 2nd.

Across Europe France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and the Netherlands are among the countries that have some form of local or national lockdown to combat Europe’s second wave.  

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