According to the latest Boris Johnson speech regarding Covid-19, all UK online and brick-and-mortar casino establishments could reopen from July 2020 at the earliest.
In a special announcement, the UK Prime Minister unveiled his staged plan to ease the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, outlined a series of safety measures, and presented a potential timeline for recovery of UK businesses, including casinos. Johnson said the main goal at the moment is to cautiously awaken the economy while bearing in mind: the science, the data, and public health.
While the news was positively received, there is still a valid concern that land-based casinos might have some difficulties in executing the announced safety protocols, including social distancing.
Considering how card and table games are played with several punters sitting at the same table and exchanging chips, as well players are sharing the same slot machines, casinos will probably have to change their interiors to ensure more personal space. Also, government guidance states that venues with bar and café areas will have to remain closed for the time being. Other prevention measures may include thermal imaging cameras, health screening, and mandatory face mask practice.