Following more than a year of observing the government’s tight lockdown restrictions enforced across the country, Italy’s bookies and gambling venues have begun to reopen their doors.
The Italian Health Minister, Roberto Speranza, approved the reopening of gambling facilities (bookmakers, arcades, and bingo halls) across the regions of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Molise, and Sardinia on May 31, 2000.
From Monday, June 7th, more reopening orders were quickly granted to gaming facilities operating in the regions of Abruzzo, Umbria, Veneto, and Liguria.
The Italian government continues to impose the strictest regulations on the reopening of gaming establishments in designated “white areas” – places with a contagion rate of roughly “50 ill per 100,000” residents.
There are no curfew limits in place for the reopened gaming sites, but personnel and guests must adhere to normal social distance and hygiene requirements (handwash and facemasks).
Critical date for Italian gambling
The 14th of June has been designated as a critical date for Italian gambling, as venues in the populous areas of Lazio (Rome), Lombardia (Milan), Emilia Romagna (Bologna), Piemonte (Turin), and the province of Trento will be allowed to reopen.
By the end of June, it is envisaged that all Italian gambling establishments will have received reopening orders in all areas.
The year 2020 will be remembered as the darkest in Italian gambling history, with early statistics from regulatory agency ADM showing a 33 percent loss in gross gaming income to €13.9 billion, and a 33 percent loss in industry tax collections to €7.2 billion.
Gamenet expanded its retail franchise network, which now includes 3,000 betting points, 1,400 gaming halls, 13,600 tobacconist/bar gaming machines, and 120 gaming venues, under the new Lottomatica brand.