Betting shops in Scotland are set to reopen on June 29, 2020 but will provide only a transactional service. Despite the fact they gave the green light for transactions, the Scottish government still prohibits betting shops from displaying live races and bans all seating in the shops to prevent people from gathering.
In a letter published by the Racing Post, Kate Forbes, the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Finance, wrote to the BGC’s Chief Executive, Michael Dugher, saying all fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will be unavailable for use as well:
“Gambling machines should also be switched off to avoid spread through the surface transmission. Confirmation will be issued in due course as to when the rest of the adult gaming industry may reopen.”
GVC, the company that owns Coral and Ladbrokes, expressed their disappointment with how re-openings in Scotland are being handled and said their company received no clear advice or guidance on recommencing betting activities their Scottish shops. They also mentioned how the requirements in Scotland are different than in England where their shops are operating under strict social-distancing measures to protect both employees and customers. The GVC announced that they will continue to ask the Scottish Government for additional clarification.