Irish betting shops to close until 29 March

17 March 2020

The Irish Bookmaker’s Association (IBA) has announced that the majority of its members have agreed to halt trading until at least 29 March to help reduce the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

Though the Irish government is yet to provide specific guidance for the gambling sector, it has issued advice in relation to social distancing, with people urged to avoid crowded areas.

Having spoken with is members, the IBA said while most have agreed to close, it is up to each retailer to decide whether they continue to trade during this period.

The IBA also said that all of its members should inform their staff and customers of their decision, as well as give customers the opportunity to collect outstanding winnings.

“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,” IBA chairperson Sharon Byrne said.

“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.”

The IBA said it would continue to monitor the situation over the next two weeks and issue an advisory update to members in advance of 29 March.