Responding to Boris Johnson’s announcement of additional Covid restrictions, Michael Dugher, leader govt of the Having a bet and Gaming Council, mentioned:
“Boris Johnson would possibly smartly have signalled the dying knell for the on line casino business by means of together with them within the checklist of venues which will likely be pressured to near their doorways at 10pm.
“He has taken this choice in spite of the field providing to near its bars and eating places within casinos at 10pm and in spite of the truth the Division for Virtual, Tradition, Media and Recreation argued that casinos – which do as much as 70 in line with cent in their business after 10pm – must be exempt from those restrictions.
“In his observation, the High Minister mentioned ‘we will be able to make certain that companies can keep open in a Covid-compliant means’. However his personal public well being officers noticed for themselves the subtle anti-Covid measures which casinos have installed position – after which gave them the go-ahead to re-open simply final month as a result of they’re Covid-safe.
“It’s now completely important that the Govt throws the business a lifeline by means of putting in an pressing financial bundle to relieve the wear that this choice will purpose. That should come with an extension to the furlough scheme past 31 October, whilst there may be advantage in Labour’s requires a £1.7bn ‘Top Side road fightback fund’ to lend a hand the ones companies suffering from the curfew.
“The 10pm curfew will slash on line casino earning by means of as much as 75 in line with cent and most probably result in part their team of workers – some 7,000 other people – being made redundant.
“With out quick and considerable monetary lend a hand from the Govt, completely viable casinos – which between them paid £1.3bn in tax to the Treasury within the final 3 years – will merely move to the wall. How does the High Minister hope to energy an financial restoration if he’s sat again and allowed entire industries to visit the wall?”