After the Dutch government extended current lockdown steps until at least Tuesday 9 February 2021, Holland Casino has announced the continued closure of its roster of gaming establishments leaving only Online Casino Sites open for customers.
First phase of pandemic
On December 14, 2020, the company saw the doors close around its casino portfolio, as the Dutch government put the country into “its strictest lockdown yet.” As part of the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, this was accompanied by prior closures in March 2020.
Holland Casino is forced by this latest announcement to keep all 14 branches in Amsterdam-West, Amsterdam Center, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Scheveningen, Zandvoort, Groningen, Leeuwarden, Nijmegen, Enschede, Valkenburg, Venlo, Eindhoven and Breda closed until the aforementioned date, unless there is another extension.
During its decision to expand the steps currently in place last week, the country’s government urged people to “stay at home, limit contact with others and work from home.”
The announcement explained: “The extended lockdown will have a major impact on society and the economy. These are difficult times for business owners and employees alike. We must pull together to help each other come out the other side.”
The initiatives advise people not to go abroad or book trips until March 31, saying that people can only go outside to buy essentials, get some fresh air, walk the dog, go to work if you are unable to work from home or provide necessary informal care or support.
Shops (except those selling vital products such as food) are among those businesses remaining closed; places where contact-based occupations are carried out, such as hairdressers, nail salons and sex establishments; indoor sports facilities, gyms, swimming pools, saunas, spas; and restaurants, cafes, theaters, concert halls, cinemas, casinos; zoos, amusement parks. Hotels are available, but there are closed hotel restaurants and room service is unavailable.
Adults may exercise on their own or with another person; a protest has been made against the use of public transport, with the exception of important purposes; and only medical professionals and allied health professionals may conduct work requiring close contact with clients or patients.