The UK government has confirmed that hotels and entertainment venues could be open from July 4 as part of the third and final stage of plans to ease restrictions imposed to combat the virus. Land-based casino operators represented by the British betting and gambling Council have confirmed that they will be ready to resume operations by the specified date.
The casino will follow strict hygiene and social distancing measures to ensure the safety of staff and visitors. Customers will be required to use hand sanitizers before entering the establishment and when changing the game table. Entry will be restricted to one person at a time, with a two-meter social distance in the queue outside. On request, visitors can get a face mask.
To ensure that social distance is maintained, the floor plan will change. Slot machines will be disinfected after each session, and ATMs at least once an hour. If necessary, plexiglass screens will be used.
The British Council on betting and gambling has recognized that the high-end casino sector does not have enough social distancing measures to fully restore operations. These institutions will be able to fully open only after the removal of restrictions on the entry of foreign tourists.
Chief Executive of the British Council on betting and gambling Michael Dugher said: “I am glad that the casino is in line for re-opening on the fourth of July. The message to the government now is that they are willing and ready to open up safely. We know that the gambling sector will face very difficult times in the future, and the threat that Covid poses to many businesses will not disappear quickly. This is why we urge the government to continue to be flexible in its approach to the hospitality and leisure industry.”
Land-based casinos in the UK were closed on March 23 due to the introduction of a quarantine due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus.