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Holland Casino to discuss virus-related closures with government




The state-sponsored Holland Casino has had a good year in 2019, having revealed that the company has had a revenue increase over the 12-month period in April. However, like many land casinos, the firm has been hard-hit by pandemic-related measures that have forced the brick-and-mortar playground to close up shop.

The casino will try to find common ground with the government

Despite it being state-owned, the casino’s management appears to have plenty of disagreements with the Dutch government over how the crisis is being handled. The government recently unveiled its updated measures that state any gambling facility where people are in close proximity can not open until September 1, while also leaving the window open for a possible further extension of the lockdown.

Holland Casino’s representatives, along with gambling trade association VAN Kansspelen, have met with the government to discuss a possible alleviation of the measures in order to preserve the industry. According to the casino’s representatives, the measures issued by the government are too harsh and will take too great of a toll on the gambling industry and its more than 8,000 employees. The casino’s representatives expanded on their view, saying that the measures not only detriment business but also compromise the integrity of gambling within the nation. The two sides are expected to meet further down the line in an attempt to reach a satisfactory agreement.

Source: IGB