Retail and high street bookmakers in the United Kingdom are set to re-open their doors for business following the recent Covid-19 closure that was dubbed ‘Lockdown 2.0’.
Bookmakers, particularly in England due to devolved powers to some UK nations, where closed due to orders from the government when imposing the second national lockdown of 2020.
The lockdown period ends tomorrow and bookmakers such as Paddy Power, William Hill, Ladbrokes and Coral among others will be re-opening their doors to punters on Wednesday 2nd December.
However, due to the country’s Covid-19 Tier system and safety measures relating to Coronavirus, there will be restrictions remaining in place throughout England.
These restrictions include: reduced operating times with a 8pm closure instead of 10pm, a cap on punters allowed in each retail shop with a maximum occupancy specified by the venue, a limited visiting time of 15 minutes per visit per shop and a two shop per day limit for each bettor.
New guidelines across the United Kingdom will mean that despite national lockdown ending, there will be ongoing restrictions for regions of the UK that are placed in Tiers 1, 2 and 3.
In addition to the aforementioned measures, bettors visiting high street bookmakers and retail locations can expect to following social physical distancing, no furniture to sit on, no betting on certain markets and a limit on the number of active gaming machines that include terminal gaming such as video slots, roulette, blackjack and other games.
Furthermore, for punters who live in Wales; all betting shops are trading as normal and Scotland venues are part of a different 5 Tier system, whereby restrictions are in place for a further two weeks and residents are being directed to the Scottish government website for further advice.