Scottish betting shops reopen, BGC chief praises “another step towards normality”

Scottish betting shops

Scottish betting shops can now gain profit, with Betting and Gaming Council BGC chief executive Michael Dugher lauding this as “another step towards normality” for customers and the economy.

Around 750 betting shops will reopen for the first time in four months as Scotland emerges from lockdown. Scottish bettors will be able to visit betting shops as usual.

Anti-covid measures, such as Perspex screens and hand sanitation facilities, will be in place to ensure customers’ safety.

The venues will also be required to adhere to Scottish Government regulations. For instance, turning off gaming machines, lowering TV volume, and providing contact information.

According to estimates, Scottish stores employ 4,000 people and pay £80 million in tax and £6 million in business rates. Betting shops in the UK employ 46,000 people and pay nearly £1 billion in taxes each year.

“Following the safe reopening of betting shops in England and Wales, Scottish shops reopening is another step towards normalcy. It is also a welcome boost for jobs on the high street in Scotland,” Dugher said.

“As we prepare for a great summer of sports, Scottish punters will be able to safely enjoy a flutter on the high street once more.”

The reopening of Scottish betting shops comes just two weeks after English and Welsh betting shops reopened for the first time this year.

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