Europe: Casinos celebrate reopening

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Peter Brandt 26. May 2021

In many European countries, the casinos can receive guests again occasionally. So it is possible for the casinos in Denmark, Spain, Austria and Cyprus to open their doors thanks to the first Corona loosening.

In USA, the arcades and casinos have to remain closed because the number of infections are still too high. ((©analogicus/Pixabay)

Comprehensive loosening in Denmark

A few weeks ago, the Danish government announced the first relaxation of the Corona restrictions. It was originally planned that they should come into force on April 5, 2021. According to official information, however, the number of infection was too high at this time to implement the initial annexes. That has now changed. Since Friday, May 21, 2021, the Most industries in Denmark breathe a little sigh of relief again. With the exception of the night clubs, restaurants, gyms, bars and also facilities from the gambling industry are open.

In this regard, the Danish gambling authority Spillemyndigheden announced by press release that the far -reaching restriction elimination would affect any organ of the national gaming industry. In addition to the smaller arcades and betting shops, the state casinos are also Returned to everyday business everyday life. The six casinos in Aalborg, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Helsingor, Odense and Vejle can receive guests again under certain conditions. According to the gaming authority, the Danish government wants to announce the details and details of the individual establishments in the coming days.

Opening despite new infections. Despite the first loosening of the Covid 19 restrictions, the virus in Denmark remains part of everyday life. According to the “John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center”, the number of cases will be crazy again in May. The Federal Foreign Office also lists the number of new infections to 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (seven-day value). Denmark is classified as a risk area. Nevertheless, the latest developments show that the infection in the Scandinavian state is largely under control.

Gambling in Europe celebrates comeback

Nevertheless, the jump into the cold water in Denmark and comprehensive loosening has come into force Great Britain as a model. The government around Prime Minister Boris Johnson had already presented a cancellation plan a few months ago A step-like loosening of the corona measures provides. Since May 17th, the third stage that enables British citizens to visit restaurants, bars and cinemas again. The state -based casinos, casinos and arcades are also open again. From June 21, the British government wants to finally cancel all restrictions.

Also in Spain and in Cyprus there is a spirit of optimism in the gambling industry. The casinos were reopened both in the southern European nation and on the island in the Mediterranean. The same applies to Austria. The player in the Alpine state has been able to meet their passion again since May 19. The joy was huge, especially among the responsible casinos Austria, which had launched a huge reopening campaign. The players were welcomed under the motto “The happiness is back”.

Security and hygiene concepts. Despite reopening, certain security and hygiene standards continue to apply in the Austrian casinos. These are linked to so-called COVID-19 prevention concepts, which are supposed to prevent infections and thus the new pandemic. In this way, guests in the casinos must continue to wear oral and nose protection and maintain the minimum distance of two meters.

Situation in USA unchanged

On the American gaming market, the individual providers and operators will look jealous of the European neighborhood. Because in this country it remains Situation continued tense. After the number of cases rose again in April, relaxation is not an issue for the time being. The number of new infections isolated again, but the incidence value remains high in most regions of the country. For this reason, any annulments at the current time as difficult.

Last but not least, the form of government also makes the political direction of march more difficult. Since the federal states can largely autonomously decide on the exact handling of the Corona situation, differ between the measures between the individual countries partly drastically from each other. For example, some arcades in Lower Saxony and NRW are open. Betting agencies can also fulfill their business in some regions – if only under certain conditions.

Industry is criticized. USA has been in Lockdown since November 2020. The vast majority of the arcades, casinos and betting shops have been closed for almost five months. For many industry actors, experts and umbrella organizations, this persistent state of restriction is a disproportionate scenario. Accordingly, criticism has been repeatedly loud in the recent past. Politicians were pointed out that the individual establishments would have the necessary concepts and strategies in order to offer the guests a safe environment. Germinating the illegal gambling was also prophesied.