The Betting and Gambling Council (BGC) insists retail betting shops and casinos are allowed to reopen when the UK begins to end its final national lockdown.
There are over 44,000 people employed in betting shops and casinos in the UK and the BGC has argued that these companies are ready to support the post-lockdown economic recovery and that they must be given the same opportunity to reopen as other sectors.
For betting retailers, the agency states that reopening should coincide with non-essential retailers like high street clothing stores, while casinos should reopen alongside hospitality like restaurants, pubs and clubs.
"As the vaccine rollout continues and the country emerges from the lockdown, it is important that companies can effectively plan to reopen," he noted Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gambling Council.
"Ministers need to be clear about what the next few months will look like from the start, and there should be a single cross-industry approach."
Debbie's husband, the National Director of Operations for Grosvenor UK, stated last week that "it is absolutely vital that casinos continue to be tied to the wider hospitality sector".
The director further argued that the need for curfews should be removed as the schedule and criteria for emerging from the current lockdown evolve.
Dugher continued, “Betting shops must be allowed to reopen alongside other non-essential retail stores. Last summer, when most betting shops were able to open, they showed that they have top-notch anti-COVID measures in place to keep customers and employees safe compared to any other part of Main Street. It is important that the ministers allow them, along with other non-essential retailers, to do their part in stimulating the high street.
“The casinos are also keen to help the UK get back on its feet. The nighttime economy took a blow during the pandemic and draconian restrictions, including the 10 p.m. curfew, making a difficult situation more desperate for many businesses.
“Ministers must allow casinos to reopen at the same time as other hospitality establishments, including pubs, and they must lift the curfew. It didn't work last summer and it won't work now.
“Our commitment to safety will not wane, but we need to reopen the economy – not least if we are to revive the country's tax revenues and fund important public services like the NHS. But the thousands of people employed in betting shops and casinos deserve nothing less than a level playing field so everyone has an equal chance to recover. "
prime minister Boris Johnson is expected to present a roadmap for the UK to exit its third statewide lockdown on Feb.22 as the COVID-19 vaccine continues to roll out nationwide.
Although retail betting shops are currently closed, the betting industry is still receiving support from the continuation horse and Greyhound racingas well as the recent announcement that all Premier League Fixtures will be stay on TV until the audience returns.