Retail bookmakers that operate in the UK have today announced temporary closures in the Liverpool City Region, which includes major towns and cities such as Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and the Wirral.
The announcement comes after the region was placed in to a local lockdown following new Covid-19 measures introduced by the UK Central Government.
The Liverpool City Region, which has a combined population of around 2 million residents, has been placed in to Tier 3 of the new 3-tier Coronavirus system used to identify the severity of infection rate.
Tier 3 is the most severe of the tiers where the infection rate is highest and residents, particularly those over the age of 50, are at most risk of contracting and spreading the disease.
In light of the new restrictions, which also see casinos in the region shut their doors, people living or working in the region are unable to place bets on sports locally as no retail bookmakers are open for business, including bookmaker brands Ladbrokes, William Hill, Coral and Paddy Power among others.
Bookmakers have stated that in the event of a current or ongoing bet that has been placed in one of the retail venues within the region resulting in a win, customers can get in touch with the betting firm that they placed the bet with in order to obtain their owed monies.
In addition, if a customer has an online account with the same bookmaker, then any winnings that are owed to them can be converted and credited to their online account, providing that the membership is fully verified and active.
It is not yet known how long retail bookmakers are going to be shuttered for, though reports suggest a two to four week initial period with the view to extend the closure.
Other regions within the UK that are currently placed in to Tier 2 may also see closures of casinos and retail betting shops should their risk level rise and see the area move in to Tier 3.
According to reports, the next cities to experience closures could be Manchester, Bolton, Wigan, Warrington, Blackpool, Leeds, Newcastle, Durham and Birmingham among others.
Wagers on sporting events can still be placed at online bookmakers here.