Holland Casino To Shut As Dutch Govt Announce Lockdown

In response to rising novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, the Dutch government has announced that public buildings will shut their doors, forcing Holland Casino’s properties to shut down for two weeks.

In addition to the steps already in place, including the closing of all food and beverage outlets, all publicly accessible buildings nationwide, with exceptions for shops and some occupations, will be entirely closed.

This means that from 10 pm today (4 November) until 18 November, all casinos, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, libraries, swimming pools, saunas, zoos, and amusement parks will have to shut their doors.

As a result, Holland Casino, the state-owned casino operator of the Netherlands, will close all 14 of its branches tonight. The venues reopened in July, after first closing in response to the pandemic in mid-March. The initial closures were expected to last until September but the reopening date was pushed forward by two months to 1 July, following criticism from Holland Casino and industry association VAN Kansspelen.

Dutch municipal health services were granted powers in August to close leisure facilities, including casinos, if they traced the site to an outbreak of Covid-19.

A new curfew was then declared in September, ruling that casinos and slot halls must be completely closed by 1 am per day in five regions of the country. Later in September, the curfew was then expanded to additional regions.

In August, Holland Casino reported that its revenue had fell by 58.7 percent, EUR 146.3 million (£131.6 million/$ 171.5 million) for the first half of 2020, as the Covid-19 lockdown wiped out gains achieved in the first months of the year.

The recent Covid-19 revival has also forced land-based gambling facilities across France, Germany and Italy to temporarily close again after new business restrictions were announced by the governments of each region.

France announced a new lockdown on 30 October, which would last until 1 December, while Germany announced a lockdown on 2 November, which would last at least until the end of the month, with a two-week review scheduled. Meanwhile, Italy signed an emergency decree marking the second national lockdown of the country, which lasted from 2 November until 24 November.