The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged the Scotland and Wales governments to announce their proposals to reopen casino venues, adding clarification to the workers and business owners affected.
As England’s casinos start reopening from Saturday, August 1, Scottish and Welsh counterparts remain in the dark, with no hint of their potential business schedules.
The BGC has encouraged the Scottish and Wales governments to follow England, allowing casinos to reopen this August or face the disastrous consequences of keeping a critical hospitality industry under lockdown for six months.
The BGC stresses in its notice that its casino leaders have worked diligently to ensure that their venues are ‘covid safe’ for public participation, installing perspex panels, sophisticated track and trace systems, hand sanitising stations, and implementing strict protocols for social distancing in-venue.
Through its statement the BGC said: “It is now time for the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales to follow the example of their English counterparts by letting their casinos re-open.”
“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 to re-open safely.”