The UK casino and betting industry association, the Betting & Gaming Council (BGC), has once again fought to support casinos while they wait for the government to reopen.
It was assumed that casinos could be reopened on the 4thth July and had prepared their venues to meet COVID-19's security measures, but the announcement came and went without giving the casinos a date to reopen.
This left BGC and casino operators confused and disappointed with the government's decision to open pubs along with restaurants but not casinos.
The UK government has not announced a casino schedule at this time, but the BGC has again pushed the casino side. A recent article shows the security measure at Rialto Casino in London.
Ministers were asked to respond positively to all the steps taken by the casinos to ensure that they can safely reopen their doors in July.
Michael Dugher, Chairman of the Board of the Gambling and Gambling Council, said it was clear that the venues "pulled out all the stops" after visiting the Rialto Casino in the heart of London.
The sector, which employs over 14,000 people and pays £ 300m a year in taxes, has been closed since March as part of a national effort to curb the spread of Covid-19.
However, operators were disappointed when the government announced that it would not be among the groups that were given the go-ahead for the July 4 reopening.
This is despite the 120 casinos across the UK that have put in place a series of rigorous anti-covid measures to ensure the safety of their employees and customers.
This includes that seating and table areas as well as roulette chips have to be disinfected before and after use.
Customers can only play at one table and have to disinfect their hands before and after.
In addition, they must remain seated and must not circulate when playing table games.
Facial covers for customers are also available on request.
Mr. Dugher said: “I was very impressed with what I saw at Rialto Casino, one of the Grosvenor casinos.
From markings that require social distancing on the floor to multiple hand sanitizers, sanitized chips, and screens that separate customers and employees, it is evident that they have pulled out all the stops to make sure they can be reopened safely . I know other operators across the country are making similar efforts and investments.
"We were obviously disappointed with the government's decision not to reopen the casinos on July 4th, but I urge ministers to look at the anti-covid measures introduced by the casinos, to rethink the decision keep it closed and let the casinos open their doors safely later in July.
“We want to make our contribution to the economic upswing, just like other parts of the leisure, entertainment and hospitality industry. In this time of great economic uncertainty, the contribution that casinos make to the country's finances cannot be underestimated. We hope that the government will respond quickly and positively – and avoid the risk of significant job losses. "
See the BGC website article here