Betting shops in Scotland reopened for the first time in four months today (26 April), as the country eased measures intended to limit the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
About 750 licensed betting offices will reopen alongside many other non-essential retail premises, ending a period of closure that started on 26 December. According to the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), these shops employ 4,000 people, pay £80m (€92.0m/$111.2m) in tax and £6m in business rates.
Gaming machines at these shops will remain unavailable, however, as part of continued restrictions. In addition, televisions on the premises will be restricted to lower volumes and all customers must provide their details for the government’s test and trace programme.
The reopening comes two weeks after betting shops opened in England and Wales.
“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 we..