UK casinos and other establishments to reopen tomorrow with new rules in place

Casinos, bowling alleys and soft play centres will reopen tomorrow across the United Kingdom.

Other venues such as comedy clubs, theatres and wedding venues with up to 30 guests can recommence also.

The UK shut it’s entertainment industry on the 23rd of March as the coronavirus pandemic ravaged the country.

Most businesses were able to reopen in July – including hairdressers, gyms and pubs – but a handful of indoor venues were scheduled to reopen on August 1.

This had to be postponed until tomorrow after the UK PM Boris Johnson said the nation needed to pause reopening as multiple cities went into local lockdowns including Leicester.

Casinos have been completely closed despite other countries such as the United States reopening theirs and putting up plastic perspex screens to protect customers.

The UK has adopted these strict policies with the Hippodrome Casino in central London for example, installing new one way systems and hand washing stations put around for people to use.

The gaming areas also have seats socially distance apart and larger areas between the slot machines.

Face masks will also be worn by croupiers and poker dealers with persplex screens inbetween to keep customers and staff safe.

Betting chips will also be taken off of tables and cleaned regularly.

Also, restaurants will have fewer tables to increase social distancing measures.

It is thought all of the UK’s casinos reopening tomorrow will adhere to the same methods.

Establishments were due to reopen 2 weeks ago, however, after UK cases started to creep over the 1,000 daily mark Boris Johnson put a stop to it.

“With those (case) numbers creeping up, our assessment is that we should now squeeze that brake pedal in order to keep the virus under control,” the PM said.

“We must keep our focus and we can’t be complacent.”

On Wednesday there were 1,009 new cases of coronavirus in Britain.

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has asked Matt Hancock to keep venues closed in areas under local lockdown restrictions.

He said today: “The first thing that we’ve said to the Health Secretary is that we don’t believe that it would be right to see the further relaxation with regard to the opening of a range of additional business premises this weekend or in the near future.”


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