The English county of Lancashire was added to the growing list of areas on the government’s Tier 3 level of Covid-19 restrictions and it is likely to cause huge economic damage to the industry there. The Betting and Gaming Council has spoken out about the disastrous consequences of these closures on casinos and betting shops. Alongside the gambling industry, bars and pubs have also been ordered to close from Monday 19th October.
What Areas Are Affected by Tier 3?
Many areas have been affected by these new restrictions including Lancaster, Preston, Burnley, Blackburn and Blackpool. This comes a week after betting shops, casinos and other industries were shut in Merseyside, with Liverpool City Region being placed in Tier 3.
So far, there are now 200 betting shops and 3 casinos closed indefinitely in Lancashire and a further 350 betting shops and 6 casinos closed in the Liverpool region. In Lancashire alone, this is putting around 1,100 jobs at risk.
What Did the Betting and Gaming Council Have to Say?
The Betting and Gaming Council CEO, Michael Dugher, has questioned these newly imposed restrictions on the gambling industry and has highlighted the lack of evidence around casinos and betting shops contributing to the spread of the virus. What’s more, the government’s actions are questionable as gyms and leisure centres have been allowed to remain open in Lancashire, but not in other areas under tier 3 restrictions.
Dugher also stated that betting shops and casinos have played their role in tackling the virus and that it is hugely disappointing just as they are starting to get back on their feet after being shut for months that those venues are now having the rug pulled out from, beneath them. Furthermore, he added that unless there is a financial package to help these struggling businesses, they won’t have a long-term future.
Of course, it is not only the betting and gaming industry that is affected by these new restrictions and the situation is set to get worse before it gets better with more cities being warned they are on the verge of being placed under Tier 3 conditions soon.