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BGC calls out Welsh First Minister’s comments comparing casinos to nightclubs

By Gavin Dank - Contributor
1 year ago

The Betting and Gaming Council has responded to Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford’s insinuations that casinos were similar to nightclubs in regards to spreading coronavirus.

Drakeford made this comparison during a Facebook Live session and described casinos as “places where people are close to one another and where the atmosphere is part of the product that is on offer”. The comment came in response to questions about potential casino re-openings.

The BGC invited the First Minister and members of Public Health Wales to visit a local casino to see the COVID-safe measures that have been put in place to keep both visitors and staff safe.

“Our members have worked closely with public health bodies and been reassured that the measures in place, such as Perspex screens, sanitization equipment, and sophisticated track and trace systems, as well as strong social distancing measures, are excellent,” commented Michael Dugher, BGC Chief Executive, in his letter to Drakeford. He also added Drakeford’s comparisons are “neither true nor fair”.

Dugher said the four casinos operating in Wales are ready and eager to safely re-open to the public and play their part in rebuilding the economy.

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