Amusement arcades furious after No 10 blocks reopening

More than 100 MPs have written to the prime minister to warn of thousands of redundancies in the amusement arcade industry, after the government decided at the last minute to prevent them from opening on Monday. Giles Watling, who represents the Essex seaside town of Clacton, is among the MPs who have written to Johnson, warning him that “this last-minute decision means that [AGCs] will now have to make redundancies.” Neil Finch, who owns 11 arcades under the Golden Touch brand, said he was facing severe financial difficulty as a result of the short-notice change of heart by the government. Members of Bacta, the trade body for the amusement arcade industry, have spent £2m a week bringing staff out of furlough, £2m on PPE and raided their cash reserves for £100m to load up machines with coin floats.