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BGC: Scottish Casinos Should Re-Open Earlier

19 March 2021, 15:31
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The Scottish government's decision to allow land-based casinos to re-open only in Level 1 areas causes much concern from the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC). The British standards body came up with the letter from its CEO Michael Dugher addressed to Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland. Our news outlet continues covering the shakiest casino news, now explaining an interesting case from the UK.

BGC: Scottish Casinos Should Re-Open Earlier

The coronavirus-caused limitations in the entertaining sector were widely applied across the UK during the last months. However, each member of the United Kingdom has its own look at the situation. Thus, Scottish governors decided to re-open the hospitality sector on April 26. After this date, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, pubs, and even bingo halls can return to normal operation in Level 1 areas.

At the same time, brick-and-mortar casinos are disallowed to make a similar step. Moreover, local governors assumed that casinos could see live audience no earlier than in June or in Level 2 zones.

BGC's arguments

In the letter, Mr. Dugher appealed to the scientific reasons' absence when considering casinos as dangerous venues. Moreover, the CEO of the BGC has even said that the regarded establishments are better protected than other entertainment venues, thanks to plexiglass, sanitizers, and strict control.

The latter argument is connected with the financial question as Scottish casinos have spent millions to become safer for clients, while now are ignored by the governors compared to other businesses. Continuing the economic discussion, Mr. Dugher has reminded that the government also ignores casinos as the businesses that need help and rates relief at least. At the same time, this land-based industry brings about £30M annually to the Scottish budget and employs about 700 individuals who are now suffering.

Summarizing the arguments, the BGC's CEO asked to bring clear scientific evidence why casinos were not considered as other entertaining businesses. Mr. Dugher has also asked to name the exact dates when the industry can re-open.

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