Casinos Across the Globe Close Their Doors in a Bid to Tackle Coronavirus
Covid-19 has single-handedly put the globe into lockdown. The spread of the potentially deadly virus is picking up pace throughout Europe, causing the widespread closure of public houses, clubs, restaurants and casinos. Monaco is the latest city-state to announce such closures, along with the UK.
Taking to Facebook a couple of nights ago, Casino de Monte-Carlo said:
“Facing the evolution of the covid-19 contagion in countries at the border of the Principality, Monaco Government decided yesterday night to apply new measures to protect the country.
“Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer considers the security of our guests and teams the top priority. As a consequence, we have implemented these new restrictions and closed yesterday our casinos and restaurants, including Casino de Monte-Carlo until further notice.
“Please be assured that we will make the most of this closed period to continue even more strictly the cleaning and disinfection measures already taken for several weeks to protect our customers and employees, and this, for all private and public areas by following a drastic protocol (slot-machines, gaming table tops, tokens, hand rests, in addition to all the usual contact surfaces).
“We look forward to welcoming you again as soon as possible. We will keep you posted on any update. In the meantime, take care of yourself and your loved ones.”
Ordered to Close
While many consider this epidemic to be nothing more than the flu, the frontline staff – paramedics, emergency services workers, doctors and nurses know the true scale of what Coronavirus is. The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, ordered for there to be no panic and told the whole of the world that the best way to sort this would be to let it “flow through communities”’ for his “herd immunity” project.
Shortly after the shock address to the nation, the PM had a change of heart and ordered all pubs, restaurants, bingo halls, casino venues and all venues where mass gatherings take place, to close. But is it too little, too late?
The impact of Coronavirus on the gaming industry is set to be huge. Although, Playtech have announced that profits in online bingo and poker are up due to bored Europeans who are stuck at home. The world’s biggest supplier of technology for online gaming operators may have taken a huge hit from the halting of global sporting events, but they’re not worrying yet.
Despite this, Playtech have said that there is a risk that player behaviour could change the longer the crisis continues. It’s not all doom and gloom though, casino games can still be played online and there are hundreds of live dealer tables that immerse players into a real casinos setting – all from the comfort of your own home.