When are Betting shops opening in UK?
With the UK making a move towards the resumption of business activities, GVC Holdings reveals plans to open Coral and Ladbrokes betting shops across the country tomorrow.
The 2,445 betting shops under the Coral and Ladbrokes brands across the UK will be reopening on June 15, according to official plans released by GVC Holdings. This is coming on the back of a recent government order for all non-essential businesses to reopen.
However, before a business property can be allowed to reopen, it needs to prove that it has adhered to health codes and the safety of employees and customers can be guaranteed.
In March this year, all land-based, non-essential businesses had to close shop after the nationwide lockdown imposed by the UK government to stem the spread of COVID-19. Now they’ll be reopening under strict guidelines as shops will be subjected to regular daily checks to determine if a property has put in place enough safety measures to operate. Bet stations, cleaning screens, and all gaming machines will be inspected.
In complying with recommendations issued by the government and health authorities, GVC is determined to maintain the highest health standards with the implementation of special support tools as a social distancing measure. Glass barriers will also be installed at cashier points while floor markings will be introduced to ensure compliance.
The company’s staff are already getting training on the new measures required for the reopening of its shops, even as there have been increased agitation during the lockdown for measures to be put in place to protect vulnerable players. According to reports, there has been a slight increase in gambling in the UK but the number of addicted or vulnerable players is constant.
The UKGC, in May, released additional guidelines to gambling companies on how to help and safeguard vulnerable players, which GVC Holdings has welcomed. This is consistent with the company’s track record of complying with laid down guidelines set by government authorities and the UKGC.
Betting Shop Social Distancing Measure and Regular Disinfection
GVC plans to introduce stylus at gaming machines to prevent players from touching the surfaces with their fingers. Hand sanitiser stations will also be introduced while hand wash and cleaning products will be made available on-site in all betting properties.
Presently, there are new cleaning standards and benchmarks in place on the wearing of face masks, disposable gloves, and protective shields which employees will have to obey. GVC is yet to decide on an occupancy rate, however, it looks like the unique specifics of every venue will be a deciding factor.
The company has affirmed that despite the current situation, safe and responsible gambling remains a top priority, and employees will continue to monitor customer behavior and help individuals who show signs of reckless gambling behaviour.
There will be help for vulnerable players and self-excluded customers won’t be allowed to take part in any form of gaming or betting. According to GVC CEO, Kenny Alexander, who said the company was pleased to be reopening business; “Ever since the lockdown was introduced, we have been working tirelessly on a plan which will deliver the safest possible environment for both our customers and our people. I am confident we have achieved that and look forward to welcoming our customers back in the near future.”
After betting shops, British casinos are next up as they will be reopening on July 4. However, in the United States, businesses have restarted with properties opening up in Las Vegas and Pennsylvania. To Michael Dugher, the BGC secretary-general, the reopening of betting shops in June is a piece of wonderful news.