Prompt Scottish Resolution Reverberates RevolutionaryPublished July 24, 2020 by Lee R
The prohibitive reopening restrictions in Scotland have been effectively resolved.
A rising UK regulation controversy has been smitten almost as soon as it arose.
The Repeal of Restrictions
After coming under fire not days ago for what was perceived as Draconian or at least overly oppressive restrictions in the post corona reopening, the Scottish government has a greed to reopen with any of the unsightly “excessive restrictions” which has been so problematic to the organisational re-opening scheme.
Established by the Scottish National Party SNP and coming under heavy fire from British trade organisation Betting and Gaming Council BGC, the orders have been revoked and Scotland will open doors without extraneous restrictions from 22 July.
Since 29 June, Scottish betting shops have been by last-minute SNP decree required to remove in-store seating, as well as turn off machines and all live sports broadcasts.
A chagrined BGC estimated that decision to cost betting shops 95% in profits, resulting in immediate calls for loosening of restrictions not a week ago.
Now the BGC is singing the praises of the government's updated policy, further cautioning the potential closure of some 900 betting shops resulting in 4,500 staff layoffs was averted.
BGC Chief Speaks
BGC Chief Executive Michael Dugher, who spoke for the opposition of the original guidelines, called the turnabout “great news for Scotland's betting shops and the hardworking staff they employ” and expressed his delight and appreciation for the Scottish government listening and responding.”
Scotland's bookkeepers will still be required to follow the full range of strict anti-COVID measures including hand sanitising; screens and social distancing.
Dugher transformed the entire scenario into a positive, positioning the Scottish government now as a leader in safe opening:
“Betting shops in Scotland can now look forward to playing their part in helping to kickstart the economy, supporting Scottish racing and providing a safe environment for customers who enjoy a flutter.”
With betting shops cleared to seek the full range of revenue opportunities again, this outcome further resonates as refreshing that the government could respond so effectively to harsh measures and correct the overbearance of its ways in a time in which the global community needs to work together more than ever at all levels.