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.