CASINOS across the UK will reopen this weekend after the government stalled reopening earlier this month.
They were forced to close on March 23 due to coronavirus, but will finally be back dealing the cards from August 15.
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When will casinos reopen in the UK?
Casinos can reopen from August 15 after they were put on hold at the last minute.
Music venues, comedy clubs and theatres can also throw open their doors tomorrow as restrictions are lifted.
UK casinos were set to reopen on August 1 in England, along with bowling alleys and ice skating rinks, which are now also allowed to open.
The Betting and Gaming Council said the resumption of operations is a “welcome relief” to more than 12,000 people employed by the sector.
However, it added, the sector faced tough times ahead as the industry gets back on its feet after land-based casinos having lost substantial amounts of money after five months of closure.
What can reopen from August 15 and what's still closed
CASINOS and bowling alleys were initially among a list of businesses due to reopen on August 1, but this was delayed after a spike in infections at the end of July.
Businesses that can reopen from August 15:
Businesses than can reopen from October:
Businesses that must stay closed:
How will social distancing work?
Each facility must operate strict guidelines which include social distancing and proper hygiene to stop the spread of the virus.
Players who visit the casinos must use hand sanitiser upon entering.
Visitors of the casino will also be asked to enter the building one at a time.
Table capacity limits will be enforced and face coverings will be provided to guests who request one.
Slot machines will be cleaned after every use and ATMs will be sanitised every hour at a minimum.
When will casinos open in Scotland and Wales?
Casinos in Scotland and Wales will remain closed for the time being, though the Scottish government has indicated that such venues will be able to reopen on 24 August.
There is also no confirmed date for when casinos will open in Scotland and Wales.
Pubs opened beer gardens from July 6 and indoor spaces from July 15, it is unlikely that casinos will open for some time until the virus is more under control.
Chief executive of the casino and bingo company Rank John O’Reilly said: “Our Grosvenor venues are ready to safely open and we are working hard to ensure we receive the support of Government to reopen our casinos soon.
“Our colleagues are very keen to get back to work to pick up the progress we had been making prior to lockdown.”
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What should I do if I work in a casino?
Employees should be trained regarding the new guidelines to ensure guests are in compliance with the new measures.
Contact your manager to find out more information about training before returning to work.
New hand-washing routines are expected to be introduced and staff are likely to be told to wear a mask.