When the Covid-19 pandemic first started, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) created a Covid motion plan. The plan was first revealed when the lockdown began in March. It supplied particulars on what requirements members of the BGC ought to meet in the course of the pandemic. The 10-pledge plan has been successful over the previous couple of months, with the BGC reporting that safer playing messaging has elevated over 50% in six months for the reason that plan began.
Members of the BGC reaffirmed assist for the Covid motion plan when the second lockdown began final month in England. This time round, members agreed to extend the variety of messages relating to safer playing by way of web sites in addition to instantly in the direction of clients.
The BGC is reporting that the variety of people receiving messaging within the mail relating to safer playing elevated by 150%. Unsolicited mail elevated from six million to greater than eleven million in only one month.
Operators are additionally stepping up with direct interventions. With regards to situations the place gamers are spending extra time or cash wagering than earlier than the pandemic, operators are stepping in with help. This course of has elevated by 25%.
This week, the findings by the BGC are to be supplied to the usual physique’s AGM. Members of the BGC have dedicated to driving change within the trade to assist make it safer for gamers. Members agreed this yr to take away all tv and radio commercials involving gaming in the course of the spring lockdown.
Since that settlement, members have additionally determined to offer at least 20% of commercials that use safer playing messaging. Chief govt of the BGC, Michael Dugher, commented on the latest adjustments, stating that the BGC was created in 2019 as a requirements physique that might work to drive massive adjustments inside the regulated trade. The brand new findings present that the group has led the way in which and is attaining outcomes.
The BGC continues to indicate that the playing trade has taken care of its clients in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. From providing safer playing initiatives to well being and security protocols, casinos, and betting retailers are doing the whole lot potential to advertise a protected surroundings.
In late November, the total shutdown was eliminated within the UK and a tiered system was created. The BGC helps this transfer however desires to see all casinos and betting retailers open absolutely, with security protocols in place.