Scottish betting shops can now open their doors, with Betting and Gaming Council BGC chief executive Michael Dugher lauding this as “another step towards normality” for customers and the economy.
As Scotland eases out of lockdown, around 750 betting shops will start trading again for the first time in four months. From today, Scottish bettors will be able to visit betting shops as normal.
To ensure the safety of customers, anti-covid measures will be in place, such as Perspex screens and hand sanitation facilities.
The venues will also have to follow restrictions placed by the Scottish Government, like switching off gaming machines, lowering TV volumes and providing contact details a requirement.
It is estimated that Scottish stores employ 4,000 people and pay £80m ($111.2m) in tax and £6m in business rates. On a national scale, betting shops across the UK create 46,000 jobs and pay nearly £1bn a year in tax.
Dugher said: “Following the safe re-opening of betting shops in England and Wales earlier this month, Scottish shops getting back to business is another step towards normality and a welcome boost for jobs on the high street in Scotland.
“It’s great news for their staff and customers, and of course it is an important source of funding for horseracing.
“As we look forward to a great summer of sport, Scottish punters will once again be able to safely enjoy a flutter on the high street.”
The reopening of Scottish betting stores comes two weeks after betting shops in England and Wales returned to trading for the first time this year.