Betting and Gaming Council expresses exasperation with continued casino closures

By Tim Poole

Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) CEO Michael Dugher has furthered his outspoken lobbying during the coronavirus pandemic, following the news casinos will not reopen in the UK on 4 July.

The BGC began operations last November and has since unified disparate voices within the gaming industry to speak as one.

Its latest call comes following prime minister Boris Johnson’s announcement hospitality and leisure establishments can resume business on 4 July as lockdown restrictions ease.

But UK casinos have not been included in the list of properties allowed to resume.

Dugher said: “We welcome the fact the lockdown is being eased further. The whole country has made sacrifices over the past few months to combat the coronavirus and it’s good news the Government is determined to get the economy moving again by reopening the likes of pubs, restaurants, cinemas, amusement arcades and bingo halls, while protecting public health.

“But it is inconsistent and frankly nonsensical that casinos are being forced to remain closed, when other parts of the hospitality and leisure industry are opening up again.

“Our casino members make a huge contribution to the economy, sustaining thousands of jobs and providing large amounts of much-needed tax revenue to the Treasury."


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