The central government of United Kingdom is considering imposing a 10pm Covid-19 curfew in an attempt to stop the spike in infections of Coronavirus in major towns and cities around the country.
However, the Betting and Gaming Council, along with the boss of a major casino brand in the UK; Genting, has spoke out about the potential change being devastating for casinos and the wider gambling industry.
The curfew would be imposed on businesses in a bid to drive down the infection rate amongst particular age groups in the UK.
Risk To Jobs
But in a letter to Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Michael Dugher of the Betting and Gaming Council and Paul Wilcock of Genting stated that such a move would be catastrophic and risk thousands of jobs in the industry.
“To ensure the sector’s survival it is vital that any additional Covid social distancing measures, such as curfews, are not imposed on businesses that have demonstrated that they are Covid-secure and do not cater for the age group targeted by the measure.
The introduction of a blanket measure such as curfews would certainly result in many thousands of redundancies in a very short timeframe. It is no exaggeration to state that it would devastate the UK land-based casino sector.”
The conclusion to draw is that the impact of a casino curfew on Covid numbers would be negligible but the impact on our businesses would be catastrophic.”
According to the Betting and Gaming Council, casinos operate the majority of their trade after 10pm, which accounts for around fifty to seventy percent.
Catastrophic To Close Again
Michael Dugher added:
“We support the need to act swiftly to protect public health, and thank the Government for the support they have given the UK’s casinos so far.
However, a blanket 10pm curfew on businesses would be catastrophic and force casinos to close once again – this time for good.
It would certainly result in many thousands of redundancies, while having a negligible impact on the spread of Covid.
Since reopening In August, casinos have been able to protect customers and staff through providing best in class safety measures, including sophisticated track and trace systems.
Any new social distancing measures should be focused on the areas and age groups of the country at most risk, not just arbitrarily applied across the board.”
You can read a copy of the letter sent to Oliver Dowden here.