UK Casinos Propose Alcohol Veto to Avoid Closures

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UK Casinos Propose Alcohol Veto to Avoid Closures
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UK casinos are trying to avoid another series of closings by the increase in Covid-19 cases. Establishments in England and Wales have proposed a ban on alcohol. Since the authorities are studying new restrictive measures that could be implemented soon.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to introduce a new three-tier system of local blockades next week, which could result in casinos being forced to suspend activities once again in certain regions.

This week, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon established new actions in an attempt to curb the pandemic and that have forced casinos, bingo halls and other hospitality businesses to close in the country.

Casinos in Wales and England, however, strive to avoid a similar situation. After all, the region’s businesses are already under pressure due to the 10 pm curfew, which was implemented last month.

In response to this move, Michael Dugher, chief executive of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), said that Boris Johnson “gave the casino industry a coup de grace.” Now, in a statement on the BGC website, the industry said it was prepared to stop selling alcohol to prevent further downtime.

Dugher stated: “Ministers need to understand that casinos are not pseudo-clubs or places where young people go to drink. However, they are willing to further reduce their risk levels by refusing to serve alcoholic beverages, which the government seems to consider to be another factor in the spread of the virus ”.

Increase in coronavirus cases in the UK

The growing number of cases of the disease in the UK, as well as inpatients, point out that there is a major problem, Health Minister Matt Hancock said this week.

“It is a challenge, and everyone will have seen it, due to the increase in case rates and, unfortunately, by the rising hospitalization rates that have risen quite markedly in the last week, that we have a very serious problem on our hands,” said British Industry Confederation webinar.

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