Following an increase in the regulation of the dissemination of the coronavirus, casinos, bingo halls, and slot halls would be able to reopen in Catalonia.
These venues, which have been closed since October 31, will be allowed to reopen with a 30 percent capacity restriction. They would, though, be forced to close at ten o’clock.
Following a consultation with Procicat executives, Alba Vergès, Minister of Health, Josep Maria Argimon, Secretary of Public Health, and Miquel Sàmper, Minister of the Interior, the decision was made.
Open-air stadiums will be able to reopen with a capacity of 50 percent, while closed stadiums will be able to reopen with a capacity of 30 percent.
Praise for Catalan Govt
Patrojoc praised the Catalan government’s decision to reopen, with President Carlos Duelo announcing that it would encourage the sector to “breathe” after being “punished” by the restrictions. He claims that “gaming establishments should have had the same consideration and treatment as other shops that have been open for weeks,” because they go “beyond what the authorities require.”
Hospitality establishments in Valencia have been permitted to reopen, although gaming establishments have been ordered to stay closed.
The Valencian Community’s Federation of Leisure, Tourism, Gambling, Recreational Activities, and Related Industries (FOTUR) stated: “We are left lying in the gutter and leisure has been closed for a year. We are happy that our colleagues in the hospitality industry and gyms can open, but it is a comparative grievance that the sector we represent cannot do so on equal terms. You cannot keep this industry closed and without a plan to reopen. It could cause irreparable damage to our industry.”