The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has today revealed news that has been welcomed by the Betting and Gaming Council in the UK to re-open casino venues and bingo halls from 24th August 2020.
Although the date has only been pencilled in, the country has implemented the third of four phases in terms of easing the lock-down measures brought about by Covid-19.
The provisional date, which could see people in Scotland engage in casino gambling and bingo betting from 24th August, is dependent on the deadly virus being contained and that there are no spikes in infection rate.
As part of the measures implemented throughout Scotland, people will be required to wear face masks in public, avoid venues or parks that are overcrowded and stick to the 2 metre social distancing rule.
The Scottish government has made clear that should the reduction rate of Covid-19 remain high or stagnate, the date may be moved, meaning that casinos in Scotland are poised for a long 25 day wait on whether they can resume business or not.
Casinos in England are set to re-open on the 1st August 2020 following months of being shuttered due to Coronavirus. However, as the UK has devolved powers, Scottish and Welsh governments are able to set their own measures and re-opening timelines.
Michael Dugher of the Betting and Gaming Council commented on the news and concluded with expressions of delight at the prospect of Scottish casinos re-opening:
“We are delighted that casinos and bingo halls in Scotland have finally been given a date to re-open. They have demonstrated their commitment to ensuring the safety of their staff and customers, and it’s great that this has been recognised by the Scottish Government.
We’re already looking forward to casinos in England opening their doors again this weekend, and I hope that their Welsh colleagues will soon be receiving the same good news. I’m also very pleased that the Scottish Government has listened to our concerns about betting shops having to switch off their gaming machines. It’s great that they will be back on again from 24 August.”