England – Following speculation over the weekend that England could be set to ease lockdown measures amid the Coronavirus crisis, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that there are to be changes to lockdown measures in England, particularly regarding the hospitality sector.
Many premises and businesses can re-open from next week on the 4th July 2020, including pubs, bars, hotels and restaurants.
However, despite cutting the social distancing rule to one metre instead of two, and stating that the latest changes are crucial to rescue the economy, local casinos are to remain closed beyond the 4th July 2020.
According to reports, some businesses, including those in hospitality that have been forced to shut since March 2020, can re-open their doors to the public from next week, but casinos are not one of them.
Undoubtedly, leading casino owners and executives will have been waiting intently for today’s speech, including Grosvenor and Genting, but the premises will have to continue waiting in lockdown whilst businesses around them re-open, including bingo halls.
Bingo is one of the most popular forms of gambling in England and the rest of the UK, and from the 4th July many of the halls will be re-opening to players, including leading bingo brands Mecca Bingo and Buzz Bingo.
Reportedly, the latest figures out of the UK show that there have been a total of 306,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland with 42,927 of those cases resulting in death.
Overall, there are around 100 local casinos in England in major cities such as London, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool that are unable to re-open despite the easing of lockdown measures.
In addition, it is believed that when casinos are allowed to re-open, there will be heavy restrictions on table games, including roulette and blackjack.