English brick-and-mortar casinos are set to reopen their doors to customers on the 4th of July as announced by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC). All establishments will have to follow strict anti-COVID 19 standards to protect both employees and customers.
Anti-COVID 19 guidelines include strict hygiene and social distancing. Customers will only be permitted to enter casinos one at a time, with two-meter social distancing enforced in queues. Casinos are also required to introduce table capacity limits, hand sanitizer stations, as well as provide face coverings to punters (only on request). All machines and ATMs must be sanitized every hour.
“Even though they will be ready to open, casinos will still be forced to operate at a reduced capacity for some time,” said Michael Dugher, BGC Chief Executive.
All English casinos have been closed since the 23rd March, but last month, the Government gave a green light to hospitality and leisure facilities for a reopening in July, which also represents the final phase of easing Coronavirus restrictions.
However, the BGC argues that the relaxation of social distancing measures will not be enough for some high-end casino operators to return to business as they rely largely on overseas tourists.
*UPDATE (25th June): UK Government has decided not to open land-based casinos as previously planned.