London, England –Gambling venues across the country will be forced to close starting on November 5 after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England will enter into a second lockdown following a surge in novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases.
All non-essential shops, entertainment venues, leisure facilities, and personal care facilities will be forced to close down until at least December 3, although the government already sent out a reminder explaining that the lockdown could be extended beyond this date.
The lockdown includes closure of all betting shops, land-based casinos, gaming arcades and bingo halls across the country.
Great Britain went into lockdown on March 23 and most restrictions remained in place until the first week of June. Betting shops in the country reopened in June 15, and bingo halls followed on July 4. Casinos finally reopened around mid-August.
The government initially announced that it would not impose a second lockdown across the entire country. It originally planned to put more focus on its tiered, regional approach, whereas some parts of England with high Covid-19 rates would be locked down before its U-turn.