Casinos in London have been ordered to close their bars at 10pm to help prevent the spreading of COVID-19 while remaining open for business. Therefore, they would avoid restrictions that would result in the loss of thousands of jobs across the market.
Originally, the general COVID-19 curfew for all leisure and entertainment businesses in London closed from 10pm to 5am.
Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), said that while he supports the government’s aims to protect people, he is keen to ensure the casino sector does not suffer more damage after a tough few months.
In a letter to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, 26 land-based casinos explained that 70% of casino business takes place after 10pm, and such limitations would be catastrophic for the industry.
Despite all their efforts, Khan is still in favor of casinos being closed at night.
“By all means address the core issue of drinking rather than slamming a blanket curfew on our venues which would do nothing to suppress the spread of the virus but which would simply sound the death knell for jobs and for famous London casinos,” reads the letter signed by Hippodrome, the Grosvenor, Caesars and the Clermont Club, among the others.