On 14 December, casinos and bingo halls in Buenos Aires will reopen as announced by the government of the Argentinian Province .
The locations would only be allowed to handle slot machines and under strict sanitary protocols, according to the Provincial Institute of Lotteries and Casinos-the IPLyC-.
Carlos Bianco, Head of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Province, announced the change yesterday at an Institute meeting attended by business leaders, trade union officials and Omar Galdurralde and María Laura García, President and Vice-President of the Regulatory Office.
Several meetings between provincial authorities and the local gambling regulator are followed by approval. As a result of mandatory national and regional lockdowns, the gambling halls will be closed for nine on December 14.
The IPLyC said the protocol would specify that it will not be necessary for people at greater risk to access the casinos and bingo halls.
Roberto Páez, General Secretary of the Union of Maestranza Casinos in Mar del Plata, spoke to the local press and said that the industry was waiting for the reopening guidelines.
“The truth is that we don’t clearly know how the activity will be developed or how the schedules and the employees will be affected, but we’re sure that we will know all the specifications eventually,” said Páez.
Last week with minimal capacity, casinos in the town of Buenos Aires received the green light to reopen. Depending on the ventilation in their betting rooms, the Hipódromo de Palermo and Casino Flotante de Puerto Madero will operate at a capacity of 20 or 30 percent.
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