London’s Hippodrome Casino, along with many others across the country, has eagerly welcomed customers back through its doors.
Under the terms of the UK government’s four-stage roadmap for the easing of the national lockdown in England, casinos were permitted to reopen their tables and slot machines to customers on 17 May.
Speaking in a Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) release, Simon Thomas, CEO of the London Hippodrome Casino, discussed how excited he and his staff members are, as well as the casino industry as a whole, to once again offer their services to the general public.
He said: “We are so delighted to be reopening again here at the Hippodrome, and I know my colleagues at casinos all over the country are feeling the same. It’s time to start living again, and not just existing.
“We will be completely ready, not just COVID safe ready, but to entertain our customers with restaurants, outdoor lounges, places where people can start living again and not just exist.”
In addition, the CEO also detailed the significant financial contribution made by the casino and gaming sector to the British economy, as well as underscoring the significant value the industry plays in providing a source of entertainment to many people.
“Casinos are a very important part of this nation’s economy,” he added. “We employ over 11,000 people. We paid £1.3 billion in tax in the years running up to COVID, and we are looking forward to playing our part in helping to rebuild this nation’s economy, but to play our incredibly important part in the entertainment section of this economy, where people are having fun and get living again.”
Opened in 2012 and located in the heart of London, the Hippodrome Casino offers a range of gambling products, but also regularly features live entertainment as well as including bars, lounges and restaurants on its premises, including the popular Heliot Steak House.