UK and Belgian rulers decided to return to lockdown practices because of the growth in the coronavirus-caused cases. The current plan assumes the closing of all entertainment venues, including casinos and betting shops, for about a month period. Both countries intercept the approach of other EU states like Italy, France, and Germany that have already adopted new rules for mortar-and-brick establishments.
According to the latest casino news, the whole land-based gambling sector in Belgium and Great Britain returns to strict lockdown. The first closing approach was applied in March with the rise of coronavirus disease. Blocking all the non-essential businesses lasted till the summer, while now the governments assume that total closing will last for about a month.
Closing specifics in Great Britain
The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced lockdown to start on November 5 and end it on December 2. This decision was discussed during the last month and met significant opposition from the side of the Betting and Gambling Council, which stated that casinos were the places that complied with all the needed protection measures. The representatives of the Council appealed that land-based gambling venues were the places for protection innovations like plexiglasses between the players of the same table, food and drinks canceling, and limiting the number of players in the building.
The financial reasons dictate the desire to continue working during the rise of pandemic numbers. Thus, the British offline gambling sector has met a significant revenue cut during this year, while another lockdown can hit a tough recovery process.
Belgian lockdown aspects
The Belgian government decided to close all the entertaining venues from October 28 to November 19 at least. This decision comes along with the renewed limits towards gambling establishments, where some of the regions met weakening of the restrictions. The growing number of recorded illness cases forced to review the attitude towards mortar-and-brick gambling facilities and close them down.
Simultaneously, the Belgian Gambling Commission continues blocking illegal online gambling platforms. Five new websites have been added to the blacklist, which means not only blocking but also fines between €100 and €100 000. Interestingly, citizens that gamble online on the forbidden platforms can also be fined up to €25 000.