Scotland’s Bingo And Casino Halls Have Opening Date Confirmed
Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has finally given the green light for bingo halls and casinos to reopen on 24th August 2020. After weeks of speculations and false hope the date was announced.
A welcome relief for Scottish bingo players after watching England, Wales and Northern Ireland open up clubs but Scotland’s remained firmly closed.
Commitment To Safety
Also on the list are eleven casinos who employ 800 staff members, in a four phase reopening plan set out north of the border.
Chief executive for the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) Michael Dugher welcomed the news, “ We are delighted casinos and bingo halls in Scotland have finally been given a date to reopen.
“ They have demonstrated their commitment to ensuring the safety of their staff and customers, and it’s great that this has been recognised by the Scottish Government.” He went on to say how we in the UK were looking forward to casinos opening on the 1st August, but a dramatic U-turn by Boris Johnson put the brakes on the reopening date and it pushed back to the 15th August, much to the dismay of Mr Dugher.
UK Casinos Remain Closed?
Betting shops in the UK opened on the 15th June with bingo halls opening on the 4th July. However the planned reopening of casinos for the 1st has now been pushed back with no clear reasoning as to why?
All casinos including England, Scotland Wales and Ireland have worked tirelessly to maintain the safety of their staff and customers. The guidelines set out by the government on Covid safety includes installing perspex screens, hand sanitiser and masks for customers, social distancing and a rigorous cleaning program, all of which have been implemented in all bingo halls and casinos.
Its another blow to the casino industry that employ 14,000 direct staff and 4000 indirectly all of which are currently on furlough. Michael Dugher said,
“ The latest fiasco represents a huge blow to the casino industry which will now have remained closed for five months.”
“ Casinos are a fundamental part of our leisure, hospitality, entertainment and tourism industry”