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BGC seeks guarantee that casinos will receive Covid support package

BGC seeks guarantee that casinos will receive Covid support package

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The UK’s Betting & Gaming Council (BGC) wants Government reassurances that financial support will be provided to the casino sector should further Covid-related restrictions be introduced. Michael Dugher, the trade body’s CEO, described called casinos as an integral part of Britain’s hospitality industry as he called for a guarantee that support packages would accompany any future measures.

“After a gruelling 18 months, they (casinos) have started to recover from the various impositions, including prolonged closures and travel bans, but they are now understandably concerned that further restrictions over Christmas and into the new year will have a significant impact on their recovery.”

In a further statement, the BGC highlighted the contribution made by casinos to Britain’s economy, saying that some 11,600 people are employed at the country’s 120 venues, which pay £600m ($799m) in taxes. Dugher concluded: “Casinos, like many others in the hospitality industry, are simply seeking reassurances that if the pandemic requires yet more severe restrictions, that they will be adequately supported by Government.”