Valencia Union Urge The President To Reopen Gambling Premises

Valencia’s Union of Gaming Hall Workers (UTSAJU) is urging President Ximo Puig to reopen casinos, slot rooms, bingo halls, and sports betting venues, claiming that they have been closed for 76 days “without any health justification.”

Vicente Contreras, a spokesman for the UTSAJU, said the lives of 2,500 staff were now in jeopardy after two months of closures with no evidence ‘that the closure of the premises is necessary and essential to control the pandemic, taking into account there are alternative restrictive measures that are less harmful to workers and can serve the same purpose.’

“They [gambling facilities] are places in which there is not a large concentration of people and safety distances are imposed along with ventilation and air renewal of the premises, temperature taking the use of a mask.” he said. “The disinfection of machines and tables can be guaranteed. after each use. No source of contagion has been detected in the rooms.”

Paula Llobet, a Councilor of the Popular Party (PP) in the Valencia City Council, said: “The decision to keep the gaming venues closed is not based on technical criteria. Before the last closure, inspections were carried out and compliance with all protocols was verified. The Valencia City Council has €97m in its account with a surplus of €45. You have to help maintain jobs because the longer they are closed, the more companies are in danger.”