Holland Casino facilities to remain shut until 9 February

Holland Casino’s facilities will be forced to remain shut following the Netherlands government’s announcement that the current national lockdown will be extended.

Holland Casino’s 14 venues in the Netherlands will remain closed until 9 February at the earliest after the government announced the national lockdown currently in effect will be extended.

Last week, the Netherlands’ government announced that the current national lockdown will be extended for three more weeks.

Another period of closure

Holland Casino’s facilities have been closed since mid-December shortly after the government implemented a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus over the Christmas period. This marked the third period of closure for venues in the country. 

The lockdown was initially set to be in place until 19 January 2021 but last week the decision was made to extend the lockdown due to an increase in case numbers and deaths.

The first wave of the virus in early 2020 saw casinos across the country close their doors to the public as part of a lockdown that was originally set to last until September. However, negotiations with the government allowed for the reopening of venues to be brought forward to 1 July.

Then in September, casinos were subject to a midnight curfew as cases began to rise again. This resulted in the second lockdown that came into effect in November.

In November, cases continued to rise across the country which saw the government implement a second national lockdown, which was originally set to last for two weeks.

Venues in the Netherlands reopened on 19 November, however hospitality businesses throughout the country were forced to remain closed. This period lasted less than a month and casinos in the country were forced to close again in mid-December under the lockdown that is currently in place.

The financial impact on Holland Casinos

The state-owned casino operator has been dramatically hit by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Holland Casinos’ H1 turnover for 2020 fell 58.7% to €146.3m while also making a net loss of €28.3m, representing a massive impact on the €32.5m profit recorded the year prior.

In addition to this, there are still no legal online gambling options in the country as the planned launch of online gambling has been hit by several delays.

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