UK operators halt services to respect ‘nation in mourning’ on bank holiday 

UK gambling operators will be closed on Monday 19 September to respect Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral, including casinos, betting shops and bingo venues.

Over the weekend, the UK’s biggest retail betting services individually revealed that they would follow high street counterparts by closing all retail trade on Monday, a bank holiday ordered by the government to allow the public to observe Queen Elizabeth’s procession and funeral at Westminster Abbey.

Companies to have abided by the bank holiday include Betfred, Ladbrokes Coral and William Hill, whose management teams posted to socials to announce their temporary closure.

“The Queen’s dedication and work ethic throughout her life is an inspiration to us all. If only there were more people like her, the world would be a better place,” stated Betfred Founder, Fred Done, issuing his own personal statement. 

“We reflect on Her Majesty’s passion for horse racing. Who could forget the scenes at Royal Ascot when she won the Gold Cup in 2013? And when England won the World Cup in 1966, she presented the trophy to captain Bobby Moore. Unforgettable moments that we will treasure forever.”

Rank Group confirmed that its Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor establishments would be closed between the hours of 4 am to 6 pm, in order to respect a “nation in mourning”.

Other brands to announce they are observing the bank holiday include Aspers Group, Buzz Bingo, Genting UK and Metropolitan Gaming.