|The Irish Bookmaker’s Association today announced in the absence of specific guidance for their sector, that most members have decided to cease trading in the next couple of days, until at least March 29th.
It follows a call with industry members this morning. The decision was made by operators after discussions about the clear Irish government guidance that has been issued around social distancing. The decision lies with each retailer whether they close their doors and how they look after and inform their staff and customers, along with giving customers the opportunity to collect outstanding winnings in the process. The IBA will continue to monitor the situation with its members in advance of March 29th and it’s office will remain open throughout the period.
Sharon Byrne, Chairperson of The Irish Bookmakers Association said;
“It is very important that the retail betting sector acts responsibly and plays its part in the efforts to limit the spread of Covid-19 in Ireland. Operators continue to adhere to the advices given by the Government and most will look to close their doors in the next couple of days once staff and customers have been informed.”