The members of the Irish Bookmakers Association have agreed to reopen their shops on 29 June, in the third phase of Ireland’s COVID-19 roadmap.
Bookies in Ireland closed on March 16 as part of the national effort to help stop the spread of the coronavirus and could return in phase two with small retail outlets, however members of the IBA have decided to postpone opening by another month.
“The top priority for our members is the health of their colleagues and customers,” said Sharon Byrne, chief executive of the IBA. “Our members are working to ensure robust safety protocols and procedures are in place to adequately protect staff and customers.”
More than 755 shops across Ireland will reopen on June 29, allowing more than 6,000 retail and support staff to return to work.
“Over the next number of weeks, we expect the public will have adjusted to the phased re-opening of retail outlets in general,” Byrne added. “We are developing comprehensive procedures to guide our members in preparing their shops for re-opening. We will also have an online training portal for retail staff, which is guided by the government’s Return to Work Safely protocol.”