The National Director of Operations for Grosvenor in the UK, Debbie Husband, is a member of the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), and she has recently written a blog post for the BGC outlining why she believes that land-based casinos should be allowed to reopen as quickly as possible.
Although Debbie acknowledges COVID-19 has caused considerable “damage to families”, she says that she also must “stand up for COVID-secure casinos” and fight their corner on behalf of Grosvenor’s staff and customers.
She believes that the casino industry should be included as part of the wider hospitality sector when it comes to the UK government’s timetable and criteria for allowing business and the general population to emerge from lockdown over the coming weeks and months.
Debbie also points out that during the last national lockdown which began in November 2020, casinos were finally treated on a level playing field alongside the rest of the hospitality sector, including restaurants and pubs which were forced to close in Tier 3 but allowed to open up (albeit with some restrictions) in Tier 2. However, during the summer and autumn, she says that this wasn’t the case at all and, in her opinion, made “less sense when the science was considered”.
Now that the UK is rolling out a range of COVID-19 vaccines to all nine of the identified priority groups and the remainder of the adult population due to receive both jabs by autumn, Debbie is keen to point out that the casino industry is ready and waiting to reopen. She adds that casinos are even prepared to operate with closed bars if it means that they can “open and stay open”.
However, she is strongly opposed to any government-imposed curfews as she says the industry generates most of its revenues after 10 PM.