The UK government will be allowing casinos in England to reopen starting August 1. The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) is also calling on Wales and Scotland to follow suit.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the announcement on July 17 as he laid out plans to further ease the lockdown in England.
The move was applauded by the BG, which has campaigned hard for the venues to be allowed to reopen in July, by pointing out the economic contributions of casinos, the jobs they create, as well as the measures operators have taken to ensure the safety and security of customers and staff.
Casinos in England have been closed for more than four months, from May 20, due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and has remained shut down despite the fact that other land-based gambling venues such as betting shops (July 15) and bingo halls (July 4) were allowed to welcome back customers.
“After four long months of lockdown, it’s fantastic to see casinos will reopen safely for businesses again on August 1,” Michael Dugher, BGC ehief executive, said. “I am delighted that they can now play their part in supporting the recovery of the tourism and hospitality sector.”
“BGC casino members went the extra mile to meet strict Covid guidelines some weeks ago but were left in the dark as to when they would be allowed to reopen,” he added. “I’d like to thank DCMS Secretary of State Oliver Dowden, Minister Nigel Hiddleston and the many cross-party MPs who supported us and worked hard to secure a reopening date,” he concluded.
Although the confirmation of a reopening date means majority of the 12,000 people employed by the venues all over England will be able to return to work, it remains uncertain whether casinos in Wales and Scotland will be allowed to reopen.