England schedules dates for reopening of gambling venues
The UK government has laid out plans to reopen commercial venues and sites, English betting shops and gambling sites have been provided with new dates on which they will be allowed to start operating again. The first to open will be the betting shops on April 12, and casinos will follow shortly on May 17.
In England, all gambling establishments have been shut down since the beginning of January when the UK had to head into another lockdown in order to combat the spread of COVID-19.
On the 22nd of February, Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke of his “Roadmap out of Lockdown” where he mentioned the re-opening of many commercial sites and important venues that add to the country’s economy including non-essential sites such as retail and leisure facilities.
England’s gambling establishments however were not directly addressed in the documents until now, but it was confirmed that they will be allowed to re-open in the roadmap’s stages 2 and 3.
Furthermore, this news comes after many statements from the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) kept asking the government to allow gambling venues and betting shops to open again with all the other non-essential establishments.
However, these new rules will only be applicable in England so far, as the respective governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be laying out their very own individual plans sometime soon. Boris Johnson has noted that the four governments are looking to cooperate and allow the country to go back to a normal life.