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English Betting Shops to Reopen on 15 June

by Glenn Baird - May 26, 2020

Betting shops will begin reopening in England on the 15th of June as part of the government’s strategy to ease COVID-19 lockdown measures. It is important to note that these measures will only be in effect in England as the rest of the UK in not subject to the same judicial process.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has provided a list of all non-essential retailers that can open their doors to business as of the 15th of June. The full list that can be open from June 15, although some are already allowed to be open, includes:

  • Food retailers
  • Chemists
  • Hardware/homeware stores
  • Fashion shops
  • Charity shops
  • Betting shops and arcades
  • Tailors, dress fitters and fashion designers
  • Car dealerships
  • Auction houses
  • Antique stores
  • Retail art galleries
  • Photography studios
  • Gift shops and retail spaces in theatres, museums, libraries, heritage sites and tourism sites
  • Mobile phone stores
  • Indoor and outdoor markets
  • Craft fairs
  • Similar types of retail

Shops will be expected to put certain social distancing measures into place, which may include plastic screens, regular disinfecting ad hand washing, where applicable.

The reopening will coincide with Royal Ascot, which looks set to go ahead between the 16th and the 20th of June.

Most shops will not open at once as it is thought that there will be a staged re-opening throughout the year.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland sits to the north-west of mainland Europe. The United Kingdom shares a border with The Republic of Ireland and has coasts on the Atlantic Ocean, Celtic Sea, North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel. The population of the UK is approaching the 67.6 million mark leading to a fairly densely populated land mass. The gambling sector in the United Kingdom is entirely regulated and licensed by the UKGC – the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. Should players resident In the UK wish to gamble with foreign based operators there is no history of this being treated as a criminal offence, but high levels of protection exist for UK residents playing with UK licensed operators.

Disclaimer:

The above information is what we believe to be the the legal status of online gambling, however information on this topic is limited and hard to find. We accept no liability for any errors or ommissions. It is the reader’s responsibility to ensure that they know the legality of online gambling in their country before engaging with any online gambling service.