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BGC Criticizes UK Government as Casinos Remain Closed

By Allison Shor - Contributor
4 months ago

Betting and Gaming Council (BCG) has condemned the Government’s decision to open all hospitality and leisure venues, except casinos. All British casinos have been closed since March 20th and are awaiting further instruction from the Government on their re-opening.

The BGC described this move as “inconsistent and nonsensical,” especially considering casino venues are ready to reopen:

“Casino operators have worked round the clock to ensure their premises and the way they operate adhere to the government’s strict anti-COVID guidelines. They now want to work urgently with ministers on any outstanding issues which will enable them to re-open their doors safely as soon as possible after July 4th.”

The safety measures include obligatory use of hand sanitizers upon entrance and joining and leaving a gaming table, as well as a limited number of players and changed floor layouts to ensure maximum social distancing possible.

Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council, reminded how their casino members make a huge contribution to the economy, sustaining 14,000 jobs and contributing £300m in taxes to the UK treasury. He also believes casino re-openings could provide a major economic boost.