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John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support

John O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Rank Group Plc, has stated that the government has not followed its own public health orders and further scientific measures by choosing to keep UK casinos venues under lockdown. Dominating industry headlines, last Friday PM Boris Johnson repealed the government’s decision to allow English casino venues to reopen on Saturday 1 August. PM Johnson told …

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Winning Post: Political flip-floppery leads to uncertainty for casinos

Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners looks at the government u-turn to postpone the reopening of casinos in England, the growing support for a ban on online gambling and the upcoming publication of Social Market Foundation’s report on the Gambling Act 2005. UK: regulation – new poll finds growing support for online gambling ban The polling firm Survation this week released …

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Boris Johnson delays reopening of casinos in England

Casinos in England are facing further delays in reopening their doors after Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that the government will ‘squeeze that brake pedal’ in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. A number of venues, including casinos, were due to reopen on 1 August as the country began to ease restrictions. However, following a spike in cases across Greater …

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Rank outlines plans to reopen Grosvenor venues

Rank Group Plc has communicated its plans to reopen 44 Grosvenor Casino venues across England from 1 August, adhering to the government’s social distancing orders and public safety rules.  Grosvenor, the UK’s largest land-based casino operator, will begin the staggered reopening of a selected number of venues in England from Saturday 1 August – as Wales and Scotland’s casinos remain …

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BGC: UK casinos need a guarantee of July reopening 

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has called for ministers to guarantee the reopening of UK casinos in July to avoid industry job losses. BGC CEO Michael Dugher re-emphasised that UK casinos had undertaken all necessary steps to ensure that venues are ‘covid proof’ and able to reopen safely in July, with the majority of UK leisure and hospitality businesses. …

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Rank to begin phased reopening of Mecca venues on 4 July 

Rank Group has announced that it will begin the ‘phased reopening’ of its Mecca Bingo venues operating across England from 4 July.  In accordance with the government’s public safety measures, 36 Mecca venues will reopen on 4 July across England, as Rank re-establishes its retail footprint having been forced to close all gambling venues from mid-March as the UK entered …

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Casinos left in the cold by Boris’ final easing orders

UK Casinos have been excluded from the government’s list of leisure and hospitality venues that will be allowed to reopen for business on 4 July. In the House of Commons this afternoon, Boris Johnson announced  a series of final lockdown easing measures for businesses across England, in which pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers will be allowed to reopen providing they …

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Arcades denounce DCMS reclassification postponing June reopening  

DCMS has confirmed that operators of UK ‘adult gaming centres’ (AGCs) in England will not be allowed to reopen their venues as anticipated on Monday 15 June.  Listed as retail venues, UK arcades had been scheduled to reopen from the start of next week alongside betting shop counterparts, a decision previously communicated by the government on the weekend of 23 …

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UK government eyes staged retail reopening from 15 June

Hosting the UK government’s COVID-19 update yesterday evening, PM Boris Johnson announced the government’s provisional plans to re-open all non-essential retail businesses on 15 June. PM Johnson laid out the UK government’s plans to reopen England’s highstreet stores, obeying strict social distancing orders and ensuring that businesses can maintain employee safety. The government will manage a ‘staged reopening’, allowing outdoor …

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PM casts doubt over imminent resumption for professional sport

An imminent return of professional sport remains unclear as Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled his staged plan to ease the coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Addressing the four nations of the UK last night, Johnson revealed a three-part strategy to kickstart the economy and reopen society. However, no mention to professional sports was made, casting uncertainty over when the sporting calendar will …

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