Manchester Casinos and Betting Shops to Close due to COVID
Casinos and betting shops located in Manchester will close due to the region entering the Tier 3 category for COVID-19 regulations.
Across the world, casinos are having to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. For months, the virus has plagued the world and led to businesses shutting down for fear of spreading the virus. Precautions were put in place to try and slow the spread, such as social distancing and masks. However, the public are not really adhering to such protocols and now the case counts are on the rise again. In the United Kingdom, casinos and betting shops are facing closure as new COVID-19 regulations are now in place.
Officials have created a tiered system and any region that reaches Tier 3 status will see its casinos and betting shops close. This week, it was announced after much deliberation that Manchester is now the first region to have the highest level of restrictions imposed.
Lockdown measures will be in place in Manchester starting on Friday at 00:01 am. Casinos, adult gaming centers, bingo halls, betting shops and soft play areas are no longer allowed to offer services starting at the scheduled time. All pubs and bars must also close unless they offer substantial dining service.
Restrictions are also in place regarding how people can mingle with others. Groups of more than six are not allowed in outdoor public spaces. Residents of Manchester are urged to not travel outside the area and avoid staying overnight in other parts of the country. Moving out of the high level area could put other regions of the UK at risk.
The highest level of restrictiosn will affect all areas of Greater Manchester. This includes Bolton, Oldham, Stockport, Trafford, Wigan and many other areas. Discussions were held with local leaders to try and determine if the region met the criteria for the high alert status.
In Manchester, around 400 betting shops and 12 casinos will be closed. These venues employ 3,000 people, all of which will be out of a job. The Betting and Gaming Council has tried to keep these businesses in operation as they provide much-needed funds from tax payments, but their efforts have failed.
Greater Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham, has been discussing the issue with government ministers for over a week now. He is opposed to the decision of the government to provide a 67% furlough scheme as he fears it will hit employees who make the lowest wages the hardest. The mayor pointed out that the people most affected by the lockdown are those who work in pubs and bookies as well as drive taxis.
The mayor also pointed out that tighter restrictions would increase levels of poverty and homelessness as well as hardship on locals. Calls for financial support are being made by the Betting and Gaming Council along with leaders in the industry. They want to see the government provide a package with financial assistance to businesses affected.
Is a Another Lockdown Coming to the US?
As the UK has been affected by an uptick in coronavirus cases, will the same occur in the United States? The US continues to struggle with the virus, with many believing that the avoidance of the federal government to issue a nation-wide mask mandate as part of the problem. People are getting tired of wearing masks and Trump followers are taking a cue from the president and not wearing a mask as they are recommended to do by the CDC.
Outbreaks are happening again and the positive case counts increasing in many states. Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak recently spoke out, stating that residents do not need to give in to COVID fatigue and stop wearing masks and social distancing. He warned if people do not follow through and continue to be vigilant, then Nevada businesses, like casino may shut down again.