The Betting and Gaming Council accepted the government’s new announcement that saw an expanded business rate exemption for anything that had to be shut down.
This latest announcement comes after the BGC, following its order on Friday to shut down all casinos, betting shops and bingo clubs, had called for inclusion in the programme. The BGC reported that the majority of employment in the betting and gaming sectors were at risk without the capacity to generate revenue.
BGC chief executive Michael Dugher commented: “The Government are clearly working night and day to beat the virus and to ensure that jobs and businesses throughout our country are protected.
“On top of the help on employment, extending help on business rates to all businesses that have had to shut down is another much-needed shot in the arm that will help to protect tens of thousands of jobs.
“On behalf of those workers in our companies, I’d like to thank the Treasury and cross-party MPs for this and to pay tribute in particular to the DCMS, including our outstanding Minister Nigel Huddleston, for all their support.
“Our industry will in turn do its absolute utmost to help with the fight against the virus and play our part in this historic national effort, including offering up staff and premises to help.
“And although gambling has fallen markedly with betting shops and casinos closing, and with the lack of sport which accounts for a big chunk of online betting too, we are also stepping up our safer gambling measures at this time.”