National Strategic Assessment 2020
Current phase and looking ahead
From October, we have entered a new phase where top-class sport remains available as a popular source of betting opportunities with a continuance of increased access to view events live on TV which would have otherwise been unavailable pre-COVID-19. However, local or national lockdowns are now resulting in restrictions on gambling premises and venues where sports bettors may congregate to watch live sport and gamble as part of that experience.
These restrictions on the supply of certain gambling activities are happening against a backdrop of increasing financial uncertainty forconsumers which could impact on consumer demand for gambling through reduced disposable incomes.
As we publish this report all of the nations in Great Britain are dealing with further lock down measures. The latest reports, including in-depth data analysis, are available on our website. We will continue to track COVID-19 related impact by:
collecting and publishing the data being gathered from consumers, industry and the public
engaging with industry stakeholders and Government
assessing the impact of the strengthened guidance issued to operators
where evidence identifies additional risksfaced by consumers, taking further action to protect consumers.
What did we see in phase 2?