BGC calls on government not to shutter casino operations

The move follows an announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson who has enacted several measures designed to curb the spreading of the COVID-19 infection.

It’s already confirmed that the UK will face a second wave of infections, and that certain limitations would need to be imposed.

One of those calls for a 10pm curfew on all leisurely activities, which includes both casinos, restaurants and bars, for example.

Once again, all staff member in retail and entertainment venues would need to wear special protection gear.

These measures could possibly stay in place up to six months which has sent jitters down the spines of most businesses in the UK.

BGC chief executive Michael Dugher has described the move as a “death knell” for the casino industry.

According to Dugher, 70 per cent of all the business casino conduct is after 10pm, which would deplete them of funds and could possibly force their shutdown.

Dugher appealed to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and argued that casinos must be exempt from that rules or otherwise face an economic crash.

He further argued that the proposed health and safety standards adopted by the casinos were already approved by the prime minister’s advisors and health authorities and it was counter-intuitive to close the casinos right now. 

Dugher also called on the government to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme past the October 31 deadline and seek to cushion the economic impact of closing casinos.

If brick-and-mortar properties were to close in the UK, the only way to access casinos would be online.

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Written by David


David is co-founder of, and has worked in the crypto gambling space since 2015.

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