Jon Duffy, Director of Corporate Assurance and Regulatory Affairs at Genting UK, described the government’s reopening approach as “whack-a-mole”, and expressed his dissatisfaction as casino reopenings are being delayed for at least another two weeks.
On the 31st June, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed casinos in England would not be allowed to reopen on August 1st. Johnson also introduced further restrictions after it was announced certain areas in the North West will be placed in a ‘partial lockdown’.
The latest delay caused quite an uproar, and Genting UK issued an official statement, condemning the government:
“After weeks of meticulous planning, we find it incredible that we have been given less than 24 hours’ notice as to this change of plan, which in itself has caused huge damage to the business. Significant numbers of staff have been brought back from furlough to prepare for the re-opening, and this is devastating news for our entire team who now face further worry and uncertainty.”
The statement also reminds the government that for every week casinos remain closed, operators lose over £1.5M. In addition to that, they mentioned how with every delay and change, more jobs and livelihoods are put at risk.