English betting shops and brick-and-mortar gambling arcades are looking to reopen on the 15th June, just in time for the Royal Ascot, which is set to feature 36 races between the 16th and 20th June.
However, considering that Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland provide their own COVID-19 easing measures, re-openings in June will only apply to England.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced all non-essential retailers, which includes betting shops, can open their doors again on the scheduled date, but only if they oblige to follow recommendations for limiting the spread of the Coronavirus. At the daily briefing earlier this week, he revealed a provisional plan under which the “staged re-opening” will take place.
The initial phase includes the opening of high-street stores on the 1st of June. The Government will then do five key tests to ensure the safety of its citizens and practicing of all COVID-19 prevention measures.
Retail betting shops and gambling arcades will have to meet requirements regarding in-store hygiene and social distancing procedures. The leisure industry, which includes casinos, pubs, and gyms, will remain in place and there has been no further announcement of reopening just yet. It is predicted that land-based establishments will face even tougher restrictions once they are permitted to resume operations.