All gambling destinations in England will be forced to close as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is locking down the country to help stop the surge in Covid-19 cases that are taking place in the country.
The order will begin on November 5th and will see casinos, bingo halls, betting shops, and arcades forced to close until at least December 3rd. The lockdown doesn't just apply to betting locations though, as the country is closing all entertainment venues, leisure facilities, personal care locations, and non-essential shops.
The closures will negatively impact the betting industry, which has been suffering since the pandemic began. Betting giant GVC Holdings said that the closures could lead to a £27 million decline in earnings, but the figures will be aided by government support, which is wide-ranging across the British economy.
While the financial hit will be hard, GVC is keeping things in mind, with a spokesperson noting: "The well-being, safety and security of our colleagues and customers is of paramount importance to us.
"We are following government advice in each area of our operations and are enacting contingency plans to minimise the impact on the business."
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