Scotland Maintains Hard Line On Gambling Restart

Gambling machines in Scotland must be deactivated again following a new order from the Holyrood government.

In a move characterised by the gambling industry as a "u-turn", an announcement from the Scottish government on Wednesday confirmed that all gaming machines must remain switched off as part of the country’s anti-coronavirus measures. 

Operators had originally been told they could restart machines from July 22, but an announcement on Wednesday afternoon appeared to reverse that order.

That means machines in betting shops and pubs that had been switched on earlier in the day needed to be turned back off immediately, with no indication of when they will be allowed to restart.

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