The Betting and Gaming Council has welcomed confirmation that Scottish casinos will reopen their doors next week, following several pleas for clarity across 11 establishments for the approximately 800 employees.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, having been shut down since March as part of the effort to slow down coronavirus spread, confirmed the reopening for August 24 as part of the country ‘s latest lockdown easing.
Said to have worked “round the clock” to ensure that the premises are safe to reopen for both workers and customers, including perspex windows, hand sanitation stations, track and trace regimes and strict social distance guidelines.
Michael Dugher, chief executive of the BGC, suggested that the Scottish government deserves credit to listen to businesses, but added that ministers should continue to engage with the industry to ensure that ongoing restrictions are practical and necessary.
Dugher explained: “This is welcome news and the Scottish Government deserves credit for listening to businesses.
“Like their colleagues in England, Scottish casinos have gone above and beyond what was required of them to ensure they comply with all of the government’s COVID guidelines.
“Scottish casino workers can now look forward to providing an excellent service to their many customers and doing their bit in supporting the UK’s economic recovery.
“I would urge the Scottish Government to continue engaging with the sector to understand the anti-COVID measures they have in place – which are superior to much of the rest of the hospitality, leisure and entertainment industries – to ensure proposed restrictions meet safety requirements but are practical and necessary.
“I would also call on the Welsh government to follow England and Scotland’s lead by giving their casinos the green light to open their doors again.”
This announcement follows August 15, following the reopening of casinos in England. Among them, the 125 casinos in the UK hire 14,000 people, and contribute £300 m a year to the tax treasury.