It has been announced by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson that casinos in England, part of the United Kingdom, can re-open their doors to customers from the 1st August 2020 following a prolonged lock-down closure due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Casino managers and executives around the UK have been seeking clarity on when they can resume business operations and now the Betting and Gaming Council has welcomed the news.
However, there is still uncertainty surrounding casinos in Wales and Scotland as they are to remain shuttered for the foreseeable future due to the devolved powers each individual UK nation has.
According to reports, over twelve-thousand residents in England work in casino establishments within the country, which contributes around £300 million in tax and play a significant role within the tourism industry.
Casinos around the UK have been preparing their properties for re-opening by implementing a series of health and safety measures to help tackle and prevent the spread of Coronavirus. The Betting And Gaming Council, which represents many of the nation’s gambling corporations, has been working to help restart the gaming and betting industry.
Michael Dugher of the Betting and Gaming Council commented on the news:
“After four long months of lock-down, it’s fantastic to see casinos will reopen safely for business again on 1 August.
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.
I’d like to thank DCMS Secretary of State Oliver Dowden, Minister Nigel Huddleston and the many cross-party MPs who supported us and worked hard to secure a reopening date.
Britain’s casinos employ thousands of people and pay millions in tax, and they were one of the few remaining leisure and hospitality businesses to remain closed.
The uncertainty has been awful for the 12,000 people who work in casinos in England and we now call on Scottish and Welsh governments to follow suit and permit casinos to reopen without delay.
The devolved administrations owe it to the 2,000 employees who work in Scottish and Welsh casinos to end this uncertainty and help them return to work.”
Reportedly, there are currently 293,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK, 163,000 of which are confirmed in England. 45,119 have resulted in death across the United Kingdom.