BGC Calls For Clarity By Welsh And Scottish Ministers On Casino Openings

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has called for more clarity as to when Scottish and Welsh ministers would require the reopening of casinos, urging the devolved governments to end the ‘uncertainty.’

Last week, Boris Johnson gave English casinos the green light to resume operations with effect from August 1. Nonetheless, no definite date as to when Scottish and Welsh casinos will follow suit has yet been set.

A spokesman for the BGC said: “We were delighted when the UK government announced that casinos in England could reopen from 1 August.

“It was a tremendous boost for their staff and customers, but also for the Treasury, which has been spending £5 million a week on furlough costs for casino workers during lockdown.

“It is now time for ministers in Edinburgh and Cardiff to end the uncertainty which still faces 2,000 casino staff in Scotland and Wales by giving them a date for re-opening. Businesses need clarity and so far this has been lacking from both administrations. We urge them to work with casinos to allow them to re-open safely.”

BGC highlighted the security measures adopted by casino owners, including perspex displays, sophisticated track and trace systems, hand sanitiser stations and strict protocols for social distancing.

The BGC condemned the u-turn of the Scottish Government on the use of gaming devices in bookies earlier this week.

The country’s betting shops were told to turn off the machines just days after the Scottish government revealed the ban was lifted. Bookmakers were advised their customers would not be able to use it until further notice.