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UK – Grosvenor slams latest closures in Manchester and South Yorkshire as ‘grossly unfair’

By - 22 October 2020

The managing Director of Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo has slammed the British government ahead of restrictions set to be enforced in Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire which will mean the temporary closure of casinos venues, saying the move is ‘grossly unfair’ and a ‘targeted attack on betting and gaming premises’ with no justification.

Jonathon Swaine, Managing Director of Rank Group said: “The enforced closure of our ultra Covid-secure casinos is senseless. At first we thought that the decisions being made were arbitrary but it’s now clear that our casinos are being subjected to an aggressive and needless attack by decision makers who clearly understand nothing of just how safe casinos are and appear determined to damage the land-based betting and gaming industry for the sake of it. Venues such as pubs are able to remain open and serve alcohol if they also sell a meal, which leaves gambling venues as the only ones ordered by government to shut up shop. It is grossly unfair.”

The move will see Grosvenor casino closures in Bolton, Didsbury, Bury New Road in Manchester, George Street in Manchester, Salford, Stockport and Sheffield to add to those already forced to close in Merseyside and Lancashire.

Mr. Swaine added: “As well as operating to the very highest Covid-secure standards with robust evidence to support that position, casinos support huge numbers of jobs whilst paying up to 50 per cent tax rates to the Exchequer. We have offered to close our casino bars in exchange for permission to trade but are still being forced to close and we’re yet to see or hear of a single shred of evidence that supports that decision. It’s a targeted attack on betting and gaming premises, the tens of thousands of employees and customers in this sector and the time has come to call it out for what it is.”

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