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Boyle Sports Describe 6 Week Irish Lockdown as “Devastating”

by Glenn Baird - October 28, 2020

Despite the fact that horseracing and greyhound racing will continue on during the 6 week Irish lockdown, there has been no such dispensation given to betting shops, which remain closed in the country until the end of November in an effort to halt the spread of Covid 19.

This means that the 800 betting shops in Ireland will all remain closed during the 6 week fire-breaker lockdown, a move that BoyleSports have described as “devastating”.

Horseracing, greyhound racing and the GAA inter-county championships will all continue behind closed doors as they are all considered as professional and elite soprts.

The decision was made just over 2 weeks ago to place Ireland in a full lockdown, similar to that seen across the globe in March earlier this year. However the letter sent to the government by the National Public Health Emergency Team’s (NPHET) chief medical officer, Dr Tony Holohan said there would be an “exemption for professional/elite/senior inter-county/horseracing behind closed doors.”

All non-essential retain, which obviously includes betting shops, has been put on hold in Ireland until the end of November, at the earliest.

A BoyleSports spokesperson said: “We have already had to close 16 BoyleSports shops in Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal. Widescale closures would be devastating, not only for our business, but for our 1,500 loyal and hardworking retail employees.

“Over the past six months, BoyleSports has invested over €1m in making shops a safe environment for our customers. We have put up new screens on our counters and between machines, installed hand-sanitising stations, we have also placed extensive signage in every store. At the same time, we have significantly restricted the number of people allowed in any one BoyleSports shop at any time to ensure compliance with all public-health guidance.”

Unlike the lockdown in March, schools and nurseries will remain open, and construction will also continue, whilst bars, pubs and restaurants are only able to provide takeaway services.

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