UK’s road map out of lockdown sees Betting shops reopening in April

Another 45 days and the wait is over! According to the United Kingdom’s government plan to reopen the economy, betting shops are going to reopen on April 12. Adult gaming centres, bingo halls and casinos will have to wait a bit longer, since they are planned to open on May 17. 

A phased reopening of society will start from March 8 according to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who announced a “roadmap out of lockdown” in Parliament. Although those roadmap documents did not include any specific mention of betting shops, casinos, bingo halls or adult gaming centres,a Downing Street spokesperson confirmed that betting shops are scheduled to open in the second stage which will start on April 12 . Other gaming venues will all open in stage three – expected to start on May 17.

Johnson said that all stages of reopening would depend on data about the spread of the virus and that there would be at least five weeks between each step. This means an earlier step being pushed back would see subsequent steps pushed back by the same time.

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