It has been announced today that the betting shops in England are beginning a phased re-opening for business following the easing of lockdown measures by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Leading sportsbook companies on the high street have stated that they will be re-opening shops from today in phases throughout the coming weeks.
The top priority of betting firms is to keep everyone safe and are implementing extended cleaning measures so that the risk of customers and staff contracting Covid-19 is greatly reduced.
Sportsbooks such as William Hill, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power are providing their staff with adequate PPE and will be installing hand sanitizer facilities in shops for customer use.
In addition, upon the re-opening; betting shops and the betting experience is likely to have changed and will look very different today than it did before lockdown in March 2020.
Safety screens are being installed where required and thorough hygiene maintenance protocols will be followed.
Further, bookmakers are reminding punters to ensure that they follow the UK Government’s advice and guidelines with regards to social distancing measures and in order to make this easier, high street bookmakers will limit the number of bettors in the property at any one time.
The announcement comes just hours after there has been discussions that the 2 metre social distancing rule may be reduced to 1 metre and that pubs are set to re-open on 4th July 2020.
However, there has been no confirmation that the businesses within the hospitality industry are to re-open in England in June or July, including casinos and gaming halls.
According to reports in England, there has already been an influx of people to the high street stores as non-essential shops were given the green light for re-opening for the first time since the middle of March 2020.
Reportedly, major bookmakers in England such as Coral and Ladbrokes are relieved at the news that they have been allowed to re-open ahead of major sporting events: horse racing Royal Ascot 2020 and the restarting of the football English Premier League.
Latest Covid-19 figures out of the UK show that there are currently 297,000 confirmed cases of the virus, 41,736 of which have resulted in death.