Tier 4 sees closure of UK betting shops
UK PM Boris Johnson has announced new areas that will be entering into Tier 4; and in due course betting shows in these areas (namely London, the South East and East England) will be shut down. The move seems to be in reaction to the new COVID-19 mutation found in the UK as well as the expected surge in positive COVID-19 cases. The news is upsetting to the land-based industry who have only freshly gone out of the second national lockdown.
Micheal Dugher, CEO of the UK Betting and Gaming Council, said:
“The announcement by the UK Government means that betting shops in England, as part of non-essential retail, sadly have closed in tier four areas. We fully support the determination of the UK Government and the devolved administrations to fight the spread of Covid-19 and protect our NHS.”
The Tier 4 measures include closures of non-essential retail for the time being, announced Boris Johnson. Furthermore, betting shops in Scotland and Northern Ireland are forced to close down after massive spikes in COVID-19 cases.
“Unfortunately, betting shops in Wales have also closed as part of the country’s full lockdown, while those in mainland Scotland and Northern Ireland will close from Boxing Day. This is disappointing news for our staff and customers, but we hope to be able to reopen safely once again as soon as possible. The good news is that, unlike the full lockdown last Spring, there is plenty of live sport, including racing, for people to enjoy on television over the holidays.” Added Dugher.
Time of exit from Tier 4 is unknown and is subject to mass speculation. Health Secretary Matt Hancock addressed the situation by saying:
“Essentially, we have got to get that vaccine rolled out to keep people safe. Given how much faster this new variant spreads it’s going to be very difficult to keep it under control until we have the vaccine rolled out. We have really got to get this under control. The cases in the tier four areas have absolutely rocketed in the last few days – the last two weeks or so. We have a long way to go to solve this.”