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Michael Dugher urges UK Government to open casinos and save jobs

By Stuart Gunther - Contributor
1 year ago

Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of Betting and Gaming Council, has visited Rialto Casino in an attempt to once again call for casinos to reopen in England. Dugher said the BGC hopes the Government will respond positively and avoid the potential layoffs in the gambling sector.

The industry employs more than 14,000 people and pays £300m in taxes every year, but has been closed since March as part of the lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The industry was expecting to reopen on this past Saturday (July 4th), along with other leisure businesses, however, that failed to happen. BGC stated on several occasions that the government’s decision not to revive casinos confused and disappointed 120 establishments across the UK, all of whom are are still waiting to get the green light.

“We want to play our part in kickstarting the economy, just like other parts of the leisure, entertainment, and hospitality industry. In this time of great economic uncertainty, the contribution that casinos make to the nation’s finances cannot be under-estimated,” Dugher explained.

He further added that he is impressed with all the effort put into ensuring safety and social distancing, from markings on the floor to multiple hand sanitizers, sanitized chips, and screens separating customers and staff.