England’s casinos are facing more delays in reopening their doors after Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that the government will ‘squeeze the brake pedal’ in halting COVID-19 spread.
A number of venues, including casinos, were set to reopen as the country began to relax restrictions on 1 August. Following a increase in cases across Greater Manchester and other northern towns, however, reopening these venues is postponed ‘by at least a fortnight.’
Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty explained during a press conference on Downing Street that the country has ‘probably reached or neared the limits of what we can do in terms of opening up society.’
In response to the report, Michael Dugher, CEO of Betting and Gaming Council, raised concerns about possible job losses.
He wrote on Facebook, and said: Posting on Twitter, he said: “There is no evidence that casinos are ‘higher risk’ venues + what happened to the Govt’s local lockdown strategy? Why should a casino business remain closed in Bristol in the south west where Covid is low, because there’s a spike in Greater Manchester? Big threat to jobs.”
This comes after the BGC criticised the government for failing to provide clarification on reopening casinos, saying that keeping doors locked was a ‘inconsistent and nonsensical’ decision.
As part of the national initiative to counter the spread of the virus, every casino in the country has been closed since March 23, with operators said to have been ‘working around the clock’ to ensure that premises and operations conform to the guidelines.
— Betting and Gaming Council (@BetGameCouncil) July 31, 2020