Long awaited reopening
Grosvenor Casinos is reopening 44 of its properties across England on August 1, four and a half months after they were closed in the middle of March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The casino operator, part of the Rank Group, has government approval to reopen once strict health and safety protocols are followed. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed last week that English casinos could start to reopen when August begins. The company has provided no confirmation regarding casinos in Scotland and Wales.
a lot of work has gone into ensuring we have the highest standards of hygiene and safety measures in place”
Grosvenor Casinos managing director Jonathon Swaine said: “We want to create the best gaming and hospitality experience which guests know and love and a lot of work has gone into ensuring we have the highest standards of hygiene and safety measures in place to do so when we reopen.”
Health and safety protocols
The casino operator released a video that featured former world champion boxer David Haye detailing some of the health and safety protocols that will be in place as the properties reopen.
All patrons will need to use hand sanitizer when entering the properties, with dispensers placed at convenient locations. “Enhanced cleaning” will also take place during the course of the day for the likes of slot machines, casino chips, and tables.
customers will also be urged to use contactless payment methods
Masks will be optional, but there will be social distancing in place on the gaming floor. All customers will also be urged to use contactless payment methods when possible, though cash will still be accepted.
Grosvenor Casinos has properties in cities all across England, including Birmingham, Blackpool, Bristol, Manchester, Leicester, Leeds, Liverpool, and Sheffield.
Casinos in the UK have been voicing their concerns about how they are being treated throughout the pandemic. Originally, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) industry group announced that casinos in England could start reopening on July 4. However, this proved to not be the case.
The casino gambling sector employs about 14,000 people in the country, with annual gambling tax revenue of about £300m ($382m).