Catalonia Casinos To Remain Closed But Granted Rent Relief

Catalonia’s casinos failed to compel the government to allow them to reopen after the current bout of closures, but with a new decree enabling casinos, arcades and bingo halls to pay just half their rent during corona-related closings, some relief has been given.

Since last Friday in the autonomous community of Catalonia, bars and restaurants, as well as casinos and amusement arcades, have been shut down. Initially, the closings were planned for two weeks, but could continue until the amount of new corona infections fell.

Meritxell Budó, Presidential Adviser, said: “The aim is to prevent businesses from closing down and job destruction, as well as avoiding overuse of the judiciary and facilitating an agreement within a period of one month.”

In order to ensure that businesses survive the corona crisis, short-term loans with a term of five years will also be made available.

A petition to reopen gambling venues was denied by the Contentious Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC). The Chamber refused the precautionary steps demanded by the Federation of Catalan Food and Music Associations (Fecasarm), the Gremi de Restauració de Barcelona, the National Association of Natural Therapy Practitioners and Freelancers (Cofenat) and the National Association of Entrepreneurs of Recreational Machinery (Andemar Catalunya) and the Gran Casino de Barcelona

The court said the closures will remain in effect due to the ‘colossal and extraordinary relevance of the pandemic situation.’