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Are betting shops open in the UK?
Since the 2nd December, betting shops are permitted to stay open.
Under the new rules, shops in UK can have reopened with several restrictions in place. There is no live sports on TV screens, no chairs and the number of customers are limited.
These are in addition to the anti-Covid measures which betting shops had already installed during the first lockdown. Other measures include: hands sanitising, disinfection of high-traffic areas and touch points, contactless payments, rules about the use of pens, sneeze screens and limitations on customers.
Johnson also said he has spoken with ministers in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland about a wider relaxation of rules over the Christmas period, so that more people can mix indoors for a set number of days.
Can Betting Shops Reopen In Tier 3?Since 2 December, England has returned to a tiered system of coronavirus restrictions. The UK Government has confirmed that betting shops can reopen in areas under Tier 3 measures.
With guidance from Government and Public Health bodies, they have introduced new safeguarding equipment and processes to enable you to gamble safely.
High-street bookmakers are limiting the length of time customers can stay in their premises, cap the number allowed in their shops at any one time as well as close all of their vending and hot drink facilities.
Bookmakers are asking their customers to keep in mind the following safety measures:
- Leave plenty of time to place your bet
- Pay by card if you want to avoid cash handling
- Use complimentary touchscreen pens when playing machines
- Wash your hands regularly or use complimentary hand sanitiser in shop
When will casinos reopen in UK?Casinos must stay closed in Tier 3 areas although there is no evidence that they contribute to the spread of the virus. High-street casino will remain closed until their area is downgraded to at least tier two. The tiered system will remain in place until at least March.
On reopening, land-based casino will re-introduce many safety measures.
Hand sanitisers before entering the casino, as well as when joining and leaving a gaming table. Only a small number of people will be allowed to sit at each table in order to reduce the risk of infection, while face coverings will be made available to customers on request
Betting shops are closed. Where should I bet?Gambling operators are inviting customers to play online casino and bet online, at least until betting shops will be closed across the country.
You can find below a list of great free bets we are recommending to our readers.
Other than traditional sports, gambling operators have pushed a lot of alternative products.
eSports has been a popular market during the lockdown. It is competitive video gaming which can be live-streamed for in-play betting. Minor sports have generated much hype this year with top online bookmakers taking bets on each game.
Virtual horse racing, a product that had been created when the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the UK caused horseracing to be cancelled for weeks, is also proving popular.
Which sports will be cancelled due to lockdown?
Most of the sporting events will not be postponed or called off this time.
Horse racing meetings and other elite sports will be able to continue staging action behind closed doors, unlike in the original lockdown during the spring.
The period covers many anticipated sporting events, including the November meeting at Cheltenham, Haydock’s Betfair Chase card and the Ladbrokes Trophy fixture at Newbury, as well as at least three rounds of Premier League football fixtures.
At least, a good news for andindustry that was almost completely stopped earlier this year.
For example, the Grand National in April, the biggest horseracing event in the UK and one of the biggest betting days of the year, was cancelled and replaced by the Virtual Grand National with bookmakers donating all profits - around £2.5 million - to NHS.