According to Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the tentative date for the reopening of casinos and casino rooms across the country was set for August 24.
With the implementation of phase three of the restriction measures reduction plan, the sturgeon determines several indicative dates for the reopening of the gaming sites.
Phase three of the virus eradication plan – which consists of four stages and contemplates the emergence of sporadic outbreaks – requires that protective measures be maintained with masks. Also avoid crowded places and maintain personal distance
Even the indicative dates have not been confirmed. This indicates that they could be changed if the government determines that the positive cases of covid-19 have not been reduced sufficiently in the country.
If the number of detected and confirmed daily cases continues to decrease, casinos and bingo halls will open again from August 24, after confirming the sites that have implemented the required sanitary measures. Among them also the obligatory physical distance.
The reopening announcement was applauded by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), which has so far been asking the government to set a reopening date.
The BGC for its part said that Scotland’s 11 casinos “have gone above and beyond what is required” to make these sites, which employ around 800 workers, safe for Covid.
“They have recognized their commitment to verifying the safety of their staff and customers, and it is great that this has been recognized by the Scottish government,” said Michael Dugher, BGC chief executive.
Scottish stores that opened on June 29 can also put gaming machines into operation from August 29. This point was on the BGC’s agenda for discussion with the government.
Authorities ordered gambling shops to remove all chairs from the premises and keep televisions and gaming machines turned off. This criterion subsequently changed.
“I am also very pleased that the Scottish Government has heard our concerns about betting shops having to shut down their gaming machines. It is great that they are back online from August 24.”
The reopening of English casinos, on the other hand, will take place from August 1, after BGC negotiations with the government. However, the Welsh government has yet to set a reopening date.
“We are already looking forward to casinos in England opening their doors again this weekend, and I hope that their welsh colleagues will soon receive the same good news,” Dugher finally said.