The Gauselmann Group looks at the resumption of normal service in Germany’s home market, but says “solidarity is the top priority” as the country introduces relaxed social distancing measures.
The gaming company currently sees the closure of more than 700 gaming venues across Europe, ten German land-based casino establishments and hundreds of sports betting shops, as stipulated by various continent-wide initiatives.
Approximately 13,500 employees were also furloughed from mitigation efforts, board members and executives averaging about 60 waiving an average of 50% of wages and rental cuts by the same amount.
Relaxation steps outlined in the country would see non-essential shops and schools reopening with Chancellor Angela Merkel voicing concern that a number of the 16 states in Germany will lighten restrictions too soon.
The group says it is “geared towards restarting the market,” expressing excitement about the possible early reopening of gaming facilities and casinos in Germany.
Gauselmann believes that this is a crucial move towards resolving a ‘significant increase in the use of illegal online gambling abroad.’
Dieter Kuhlmann, a board member of Gauselmann said: “The commercial venues in particular have the advantage that they already implement requirements in the course of the statutory provisions that correspond to the principle of the distance requirement.
“This means that when our venues reopen, together with additional far-reaching measures, we can guarantee optimal infection protection for our guests and employees.”
Stressing that it is prepared to open the venues as soon as possible, the group founder and CEO Paul Gauselmann added: “Our focus is currently on preserving all 14,000 jobs in our group if possible. Our employees have been committed to the company for many years and decades, which is why we cannot now leave them alone in these difficult times. This is a big and challenging task when you consider that we currently have practically no sales.”