According to Betting and Gaming Council boss Michael Dugher, the re-opening of betting shops in England and Wales is a sign of relief for their staff. In addition to their customers and the UK economy.
The Government continues to ease the Covid lockdown. Thus, for the first time since December around 6,000 bookies will get back to business today. Besides, other non-essential retail workers.
However, several restrictions will stand in English shops. These restrictions include the limitation of the number of customers at one time. In addition, removal of all tables and chairs and no screening for live sport as well.
However, betting shops have also put in place their anti-Covid measures. For example, hand sanitization centers, Perspex screens, and strict social distancing rules.
Michael Dugher, who holds the Chief Executive position at the Betting and Gaming Council, said. ‘’It is a piece of glorious news that high street betting shops in England and Wales can finally re-open safely. Besides, the rest of non-essential retail. It’s been a tough three months for betting shop staff. In addition to their customers. I know they are all hoping to get back to business safely. Thanks to the best Anti-Covid measures in place.’’
He further added that the UK’s betting shops support 46,000 jobs. According to the latest EY report. They had paid around £1bn in tax to the Treasury in 2020. Furthermore, our members contribute £350m to horseracing. For example, through sponsorship and media rights. In conclusion, we provide support for millions of people. These humans will play a vital role in the UK’s post-Covid economic recovery.