Scotland—betting shops in the country will be able to do away with post-lockdown restrictions imposed by the Scottish government from this month. The said restrictions have been labeled as “unnecessary” by industry associations.
Although betting venues in Scotland were allowed to reopen from June 29 after the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown they were instructed to remove all their chairs, switch off their gaming machines and not air any live racing on TV.
According to the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) trade group, the rules meant that turnover in some shops decreased by 95% because customers either stayed away or went to England—where betting restrictions were not in place yet.
The BGC led a campaign warning that unless the government lifted the restrictions, shop would be forced to close, and people would lose jobs.
The Holyrood Government recently confirmed the lifting of suspensions starting June 22, although shops will still be required to abide by strict Covid-19 measures such as the use of hand sanitizers, installment of screen barriers, and adherence to social distancing rules.
“This is great news for Scotland’s 900 betting shops and the 4,500 hard-working staff that they employ,” Michael Dugher, BGC chief executive, said.
“We have always said that the extra restrictions imposed on Scottish betting shops were unnecessary. We are delighted that the Scottish Government has listened and responded,” Dugher said.
“Betting shops in Scotland can now look forward to playing their part in helping to kickstart the economy, supporting Scottish racing and providing a safe environment for customers to enjoy a flutter,” he added.