BGC believes casinos in Scotland and Wales need to reopen
The Betting and Gambling Council (BGC) has asked the Scottish and Welsh governments to provide clarity and timelines for when casinos can be reopened in both countries.
This follows the announcement of the UK government that casinos in England can resume operations from 1st August onwards, as part of a general easing of lockdown restrictions.
All casinos in the UK have been closed since mid-March, causing quite significant losses of business and revenue to operators since then. While the UK government’s order brings clarity for casino owners in England, the BGC has said that operators in Scotland and Wales are yet to receive any directions towards this end and thus ‘remain in the dark’ about when they can potentially reopen.
The BGC has also mentioned that casinos all over the UK have adopted safety measures in light of the ongoing pandemic, such as reduced capacity, Perspex screens between slot machines, and other guidelines aimed towards maintaining social distancing rules between customers, as well as improved health and hygiene rules for employees as well.
With over 2,000 employees across the casino sector in Scotland and Wales waiting for clarity from the government, the BGC has argued that it is now time for these establishments to be allowed to reopen safely, as continued uncertainty will only increase the problems being faced by staff as well as casino operators.