According to a statement made by British prime minister Boris Johnson in the morning of July 17, casinos in the United Kingdom, particularly in England, will finally be allowed to reopen starting August 1st.
Betting shops were the first allowed to reopen last month. Several retail casino businesses have hoped to reopen next in July, but lawmakers have moved the date to August 1, as confirmed by the prime minister himself.
This decision was highly praised by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), which for many occasions had urged the government to allow gambling businesses to operate again ever since England was placed in lockdown for over four months already.
Chief executive of the Betting And Gaming Council (BGC) Michael Dugher said that unlike almost every other country in the world, the UK is moving at a turtle's pace when it comes to the implementation of stricter measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
On Friday March 20, UK casinos and betting shops have been ordered to close effective immediately, as part of the government's efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
A man got lucky while playing on his favorite slot machine at a casino in England, winning a jackpot prize of over £18,000. Christopher Holder, age 48, resident of Cumbria, is elated and still astonished at his awesome luck when he played the Cleopatra slot machine at the Grosvenor Casino located in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.