According to betting news from Ireland, bookmakers in Ireland are obliged to shut down doors for 4 weeks again because of a new set of restrictions.
Ireland’s Prime Minister has announced that all non-essential establishments in the country have to stop operation for a specified period.
Tougher restrictions come into force
This decision was made due to the implementation of Level 5 in Ireland to deal with the virus’s outspread during the Christmas holidays. As the total daily number of infected people has increased to almost two thousand, the Irish government considers it reasonable to impose more limiting measures.
The closure of gambling-related venues, namely betting shops, will become another blow for many small businesses and industries, including bookmaking. It is worth mentioning that the initial instructions concerning the situation with COVID-19 haven’t provided the information that bookies will also be obliged to close their doors for punters. However, the recent updates have confirmed the contrary – bookmakers’ offices are on the list of non-essential businesses. It is expected that horse racing events will continue but without viewers and following strict anti-COVID-19 guidelines.
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