Positive signs for gradual phasing in of European casino market

By Violeta Prockyte

The Switzerland National Council (Bundesrat) will allow the country’s casinos to re-open starting 6 June after a two-month-long shutdown. The casinos were closed in mid-March due to the pandemic, but regulations are loosening in Switzerland.

Currently, the Council allows gatherings of up to 300 people and contact training for sports, with a plan to allow professional sports from 8 June. The measures will be reviewed on 24 June and if the situation remains the same, the number of people for gatherings will increase to 1,000.

Casinos will re-open according to their status. Those in green or low-risk transmission zones will be allowed to resume operations while casinos in orange zones must remain closed for the time being.

The decision from the Council was likely influenced by the fact the French government opened France’s casinos earlier this week. Dutch casinos are set to open 1 July, while some other European countries opened their venues already, like Bulgaria on 30 May and Austria on 29 May.


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