The Destructive Impact Of The Pandemic On The Ground Casino Of Europe
Brussels, april 26, 2021. The data published by the european casino association (eca) shows the extent to which the european casino sector has suffered financially during the covid-19 pandemic.
Covid-19 had a devastitin impact on european gambling industry, and the main bwow on the ground casino sector. European casinos were closed on average for 136 days in 2020, and the overwhelming majority of operators could not receive guests in 2021.
The last poll of the members of the association showed that 70% of the casino in europe remains closed. Exceptions made up luxembourg, spain and monaco, who relatened in 2021 with restrictions related to covid, while the most affected casinos, such as in sweden, were closed throughout the year.
• ground casinos lost on average more thank 37% of regular working days over 2020 due to the sanctioned closure of covid-19.
• 70% of all european land casinos still remain closed.
• last year, the income of european ground operators fell by more than 50%.
• most eca members do not have a clear schedule for the official opening of their enterprises in 2021.
• more thank 70,000 employees worked until the pandemic of the eca casino worked. Estimated after a pandemic
employment will drop to 50,000 people.
"This is the deepest wpadin, which the european industry of ground casino has ever been experienceed.
The financial consequency casino sector were extreme, and these figures show the economic realities of covid-19 for the european sector of ground casinos – says chairman of eca per galdung. "Some casinos closed forever and many casino employees lost work. We do not feed the illusions that the industry can return to "ordinary business" in the near future. In fact, we are very far from the usual business ".
Limited opening hours, maximum capacity and convenience, protocols of social distance, limited game offers, protective measures, including masks and testing in place – these are just some of the obstacles which the terrestrial casino business is currently facing.
Differences in limitations and mandates between countries are also exacerbated by regional differences within national borders. These restrictions are the sector, which most suffered from a pandemic.
Secretary general eca herman pamminger:
"Guests want to visit the casino again. The weakenging and tightening of numerous locks in 2020 demonstrated the ability of the ground sector safely and responsibly return to business. Registration of guests allowed to quickly and practically take measures for social distance, and the casino introduced comprehensive hygienic initiatives, significantly exceeding local requirements, ensuring that our guests feel comfortable and safe. Our industry is part of the services and tourism sector, in which we use a large number of highly qualified specialists, these are trained and motivated people. Closing touched on 130,000 direct and indirect employees not only in our gambling establishments, but also in our restaurants and entertainment areas. Our employees cannot wait for the day when the business returns to the normal course, and they will again be able to welcome guests in their casinos and entertainment establishments, but our industry still needs to be supported to achieve this goal in an extremely difficult period."
Source: official website of the european casino association