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UK Goverment Shuts Betting Outlets

Already some job losses

In an unprecedented move, the UK government has shut all betting shops in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, reports racingpost.com.

The directive comes as part of complete closure of cafés, pubs, cinemas, leisure centres and [presumably] restaurants.

Following a shutdown of racing in England until the end of April, which has already led to some job losses for stable staff, the latest betting shop closures are expected to last a minimum of two months.

Off-setting this somewhat is a fresh initiative by UK Chancellor (Treasurer) Rishi Sunak to pay up to 80% of wages (to a maximum £2,500 a month) to any worker who would otherwise be laid off.

The announcement was welcomed by the British Horseracing Authority as it prepares a considered submission to the government outlining the impact to racing of its current shutdown.

Meanwhile, racing continues in Ireland behind closed doors at this stage.

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1 comment on “UK Goverment Shuts Betting Outlets

  1. bob kistnasamy says:

    Financially strong Governments are able to provide the financial support (Govt. aid) to the people in times of drastic measures and decisions. With a huge budget deficit, there’s no certainty that the SA Government is in a position to provide such relief.
    Racing in SA appears to be managing the “behind close doors” scenarios.
    Must say that it was a bit strange to pass by Greyville and observe the absence activity outside the stand entrances.

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