Good news for Birmingham gamblers – casinos are set to reopen in August as the UK slowly recovers from coronavirus.
On March 23rd, the UK Government took action to stop the deadly virus, shuttering entertainment across the country. But it looks like the roulette tables will be open for business soon.
Casino reopenings in Birmingham
Casinos in Birmingham will reopen on August 1st as part of a phased reopening of the UK travel and leisure sector. In early July Boris Johnson authorised certain businesses to reopen, with casinos being absent from the list.
But on July 17th, the Prime Minister said: “From 1 August, we will reopen most remaining leisure settings, namely bowling, skating rinks and casinos.”
Social media reacted to the news with some anger, wondering why arcades and betting shops were allowed to open when they had limited space compared to casinos.
It’s been a barren four months for entertainment businesses, with some suffering significant financial strife. But thanks to certain casinos brands having an online presence, there have been some ways to generate revenue.
The plans for reopenings depend on the activity of the virus, which is starting to wind down across the country slowly. If there is a surge in virus activity across Birmingham, then a local lockdown could be imposed, which will shutter casinos once again.
Soft play areas and night clubs will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
What procedures will be in place?
Social distancing and strict hygiene measures will be in place when casino doors finally open in the city.
All players who enter must sanitise their hands with on-site hand sanitiser. There will also be a limit on how many persons can enter a building.
While wearing a mask will not be mandatory, they will be provided should guests ask for one. Tables will also have limited capacity with social distancing measures observed.
Dealers will also wear face coverings for further protection.
Finally, slot machines will be closely monitored – receiving a clean after every play, with hourly cleans.
How can I stay safe at Birmingham Casinos?
Practice social distancing where possible – keeping two meters away from other people. Visual indicators in the casino will show you where it is safe to stand and what kind of distance to keep.
It is recommended that you bring some portable sanitiser or some other method to clean your hands while gambling at the tables. If you are playing slots, then wash your hands after a spin.
You may also want to bring your own face mask instead of relying on the ones supplied by the casino.
As long as you follow these rules, you should be safe from the virus.
If you are feeling nervous about the prospect of visiting a brick and mortar store, then you can visit one of the many mobile casino sites which accept payments by phone. While it will be a reduced social experience, you can still enjoy table games and even slots with complete safety.