When will betting shops and bookmakers reopen?

Betting shops and bookies are closed under the third lockdown because they are classed as non-essential retail. Only essential retailers are allowed to stay open, including supermarkets, newsagents and bike stores.

However, all retailers are allowed to open again on Monday April 12 under plans to ease England out of lockdown – and that includes betting shops. Other high street retailers including New Look, Primark and TK Maxx will welcome back customers too. And punters will be able to head to pubs and restaurants as long as they sit outside.

Here’s everything you need to know for when the bookies reopen:

What will the rules be when betting shops reopen?

Like when they reopened in June 2020 following the first lockdown, bookies and betting shops must make sure they are Covid-secure to limit the spread of coronavirus. Shops will have to complete a risk assessment as well as consult with workers and trade union representatives to ensure the business can operate safely.

Bosses need to ensure that branches are cleaned regularly and protective coverings were placed on items regularly touched by the public. Customers will have to social distance, so some branches may limit the number of people allowed into the betting shops at any one time. Markers have also been placed on the floor to help customers stay apart. Face masks must be worn when inside the shop.

Can I still bet online?

Gamers can still bet online even after shops reopen via their favoured bookies’ websites. Online casino and bingo halls have also been able to continue operating like normal throughout lockdown. In fact, one lucky salesman won £400,000 on online casinos after getting bored during lockdown. But remember gambling isn’t without its risks – there’s no guarantee you’ll win and a high chance that you’ll lose cash. If you think you have a gambling problem there are plenty of places you can turn to for help, including GamCare and Gamblers Anonymous UK.

When will casinos reopen?

Entertainment businesses and venues, including casinos, have closed under lockdown. But from May 17, indoor hospitality venues will be allowed to reopen once more. Casinos fall under this category and it is understood they will be allowed to reopen from this point too. When Brits are allowed to make a trip to their local casino, they could have to follow certain rules. Stringent hygiene and social distancing measures were put in place in all casinos to ensure the safety of staff and customers alike.

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