UK Casinos Can Re-open July 4th

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This week the UK Betting and Gaming Council announced that they're going to allow casinos to open throughout England beginning on July 4th, which will mark just over three months of being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The government indicated last month that the sites would be able to open up as part of the final phase of restrictions being lifted, and it appears that the country is getting to the point where things can be safely re-opened. There will be strict social distancing rules implemented, and hygiene rules will also be put into place, such as applying hand sanitizer when they enter the casino and use a gambling table or machine.

England's casinos have been closed since March 20th, and the locations are keen to open up and get players spending their money on games of chance.

Commenting on the decision BGC CEO Michael Dugher said, "I know that the casino operators have been working tirelessly to ensure that when they do reopen for business again, every possible measure will be in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone who enters the premises.

"It is welcome that they are in line to reopen again from 4 July, but the message to government now is that they are ready, willing and able to open safely."

"We know that the casino sector faces some very tough times ahead and the threat posed by Covid-19 to many businesses won't go away quickly. That's why we would also urge the government to continue to be flexible in their approach to the hospitality and leisure industry as its furlough scheme is wound down.

"Even though they will be ready to open their doors on 4 July, casinos will still be forced to operate at a reduced capacity for some time to come because of the need to maintain social distancing.

"We would urge the Chancellor to keep being flexible and continue providing support as the country emerges from the pandemic."

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Therese Williams // UK Correspondent
Therese Williams
Therese is a fervent fan of slot machines and pub fruities, often trying her luck at some of the top online casinos. She covers news for Casino Listings with a focus on the UK and Europe. Therese studied arts and creative writing at university and has written for newspapers in the UK.