The police told Grosvenor Casino in Bolton, North West England, that it had to close down the doors just hours after reopening in the midst of turmoil on the government’s U-turn on the city lockdown.
The venue opened on Wednesday at midday on the premise that the town had been released from local lock-down measures across the Greater Manchester with bosses claiming they were seeking urgent clarity about what to do.
A Grosvenor Casino spokesperson said: “We opened our Grosvenor Casino in Bolton at noon on Wednesday in line with the government advice secured the previous Friday evening. Subsequent to having reopened, we learned of the government’s U-turn to reinforce lockdown.
“Having already opened our venue, we immediately contacted DCMS, via our trade body the Betting & Gaming Council, to seek urgent clarification of what the decision meant for businesses, like ours, that had already reopened.
“It was not until after 8pm that we received confirmation from government that our venue would have to close, and this coincided with a cordial visit from the police, to the casino, who advised us of the need to close. We complied with that instruction immediately.
“Any suggestion that we were deliberately in breach of government advice is wholly inaccurate and we went to every length to alert government to our status of having already reopened, and we sought clarity from government as swiftly as we could.
“The health and safety of our colleagues and customers is our primary concern and we strongly reject any suggestion to the contrary.”