It has been announced that casinos in England, UK, are preparing to reopen from 4th July 2020 under strict Covid-19 measures.
The Betting and Gaming Council has stated that following the UK Government’s confirmation of hospitality and leisure industries receiving permission to reopen from the 4th of July, casino establishments have confirmed that they are ready to reopen for business.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, which shuttered all casinos in England in mid-March 2020, a number of Coronavirus measures are being implemented, including hygiene and social distancing protocols.
Included in the list of hygiene protocols, casinos will be providing hand sanitizer for customer use upon entering the casino along with before and after a table game session.
Customers to their local casino can expect to social distance whilst queuing to enter the venue and entry will be restricted to one person at a time.
In addition, to reduce the risk of infection, face masks will be offered to patrons upon request and there will be capacity limits enforced at table games.
Furthermore, to ensure that social distancing is maintained at all times, players can expect their local casino’s floor layout to be changed with new designs that allow for the correct social distance.
Also, cleaning and sanitisation will take place on gaming machines and ATM machines after use or at least one time per hour.
Michael Dugher of the Betting and Gaming Council, which represents casino establishments and betting shops in England commented on the announcement:
“Nothing is more important to the casino sector than the safety of staff and customers.
I know that the casino operators have been working tirelessly to ensure that when they do reopen for business again, every possible measure will be in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone who enters the premises – from the availability of hand sanitizers and protective equipment to adherence to the latest Government current social distancing rules.
Casinos make a significant contribution to the economy, including through taxation and employment, as part of the leisure, hospitality, entertainment and tourism sectors.
They have also played a hugely important role, not just in the national effort to combat covid-19 by keeping their doors shut since March, but also through their support for communities – for example with the provision of food from their kitchens and the use of their venues.”
“It is welcome that they are in line to reopen again from 4 July, but the message to government now is that they are ready, willing and able to open safely.
We know that the casino sector faces some very tough times ahead and the threat posed by covid to many businesses won’t go away quickly.
That’s why we would also urge the Government to continue to be flexible in their approach to the hospitality and leisure industry as its furlough scheme is wound down.
Even though they will be ready to open their doors on 4 July, casinos will still be forced to operate at a reduced capacity for some time to come because of the need to maintain social distancing. We would urge the Chancellor to keep being flexible and continue providing support as the country emerges from the pandemic.”