Casinos in England could reopen on August 1, after over four months in lockdown due to the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a decision, which has been welcomed by the Betting and Gambling Council (BGC).
The resumption would promote the country’s tourism and hospitality sector, the industry standards body said.
Mr. Michael Dugher, Betting and Gambling Council Chief Executive, said that it is fantastic that all casinos would resume operation safely on August 1, after four long months of lockdown.
He believed that the re-operation of casinos would play an essential role in supporting the recovery of other sectors in England, which have been hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the tourism and hospitality sector.
He expressed his thanks to the government and many members of parliament for their supports and works to secure a reopening date. The BGC casino members have made efforts to meet the strict requirements to ensure COVID-19 prevention measures.
Employing thousands of people and paying millions worth of taxes to the state budget per year, Britain’s casinos were among the few leisure and hospitality businesses to remain closed, said Mr. Michael Dugher.
Casinos in England enroll more than 12,000 laborers and contribute about £300 million worth of taxes to the Exchequer. Notably, casinos also play an essential role in the country’s tourism economy, providing nearly £4 million per week.
The betting and gambling industry employs over 70,000 laborers in the UK and contributes over £3 billion worth of taxes to the Treasury per year. It has introduced a wide range of strict measures to ensure the safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The council is also calling on the governments of Scottish and Welsh to allow casinos to resume operation without delay. The devolved administrations vow to help 2,000 employees working in Scottish and Welsh casinos to return to work.