Casinos: Re-start in Australia, problems in AC
After about two ago After months of almost shutting down the entire global gambling industry, things are slowly going in the opposite direction again. Individual countries are relaxing their protective measures, which means new opportunities for the gambling industry. However, progress is not equally carefree everywhere. While slot machines can be played again in a timely manner in Australia, the restart in Atlantic City is apparently more complicated than expected.
Atlantic City: Situation is a big challenge
Atlantic City has repeatedly put pressure on the US government in recent weeks and said that they are very well prepared for the reopening of casinos. Appropriate protective measures would be implemented and the doors in AC could therefore be opened again quickly. In practice, however, things seem to be a little different. Phil Murphy, as governor of the US state of New Jersey, recently announced that the situation posed an enormous challenge. Apparentlythis could also delay the reopening of the casinos in Atlantic City.
As reported by the US media, the governor explained thatespecially the construction of the casinos is questionable. You stay indoors, and there would be no ventilation. The distances are small and most of the time the players would sit in the casinos. All of this is not necessarily conducive to containing viral infections.
Positive Industry Efforts
However, Murphy also stated thatSocial distancing measures could also be implemented in casino operations . The politician did not want to provide any further information, for example about a possible date for the reopening. Regardless of the state measures for the casinos that are still open, they have been working on their own hygiene concepts for some time. These are intended to ensure the safety of players and employees in the companies if they are allowed to reopen in a timely manner.
It would be extremely important for the companies to be able to reopen as soon as possible. The governor announced in mid-March that the casinos in New Jersey must be closed. Many employees are also affected.Around 26,000 employees lost their jobs as a result of the corona crisis. Just a few days ago, theNew Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) published the revenue statistics for the gaming industry in the first quarter of 2020. You can see: ABruttogewinn-Einbruch von 65 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr. It was $86.5 million in the first few months of 2019, and in 2020 the total was $29.6 million. The industry will not be able to sustain these figures for a long time. All the more important that the casinos are allowed to open again quickly. Otherwise, the second quarter also threatens to become a real flop.
Slots in Australia ready for use again
While Atlantic City is still largely unclear, things are very different in Australia. Slot machine fans and all operators and visitors of pubs and restaurants can look forward to this. After they had to be closed for several weeks,the restaurants are allowed to open their doors again from June 1st. Slot machines, known as “pokies” in Australia, are also allowed to become active again. This is excellent news for the industry, because here, too, one had to contend with collapsing numbers. However, the reopening of shops, which was closed nationwide by the government at the end of March, is subject tostrict regulations.
The pub operators are only allowed to receive one guest per 4 square meters of space. In addition, a minimum distance of 1.50 metersat all times. The pokies also play a role here. If these make it impossible to maintain the minimum distance, devices must be removed. And so many until the distance can be maintained again. must be maintained between guests in the pub
Pleasant rules for operators
The Australian government has been extremely operator-friendly these days, especially when it comes to dealing with pokies. In fact, the government authorities had announced that they wanted togastronomy in various ways. After weeks of closure, the operation of the pokies is a concession by politicians, which is intended to reduce the negative consequences for the catering industry. The fact that the pokies can be operated again is only one of several measures. The government also declared that theoperators would not have to pay any taxes on the income from the pokies until August for the time being. While this can already be described as a huge government concession, John Green, chairman of the Australian Hotels Association in the state of New South Wales, urges caution:
“Any postponements should be considered carefully. I think if there are further burdens for the industry, it should be postponed further or waived."
Nevertheless, Green should also hope that this step will not be necessary in the first place. Meanwhile, the rest of the gaming sector is also showing impatience. The fact that the machines in the pubs can be operated again is one thing. However, thecasinos and arcades in the country must remain closed. In addition, it is not yet clear when it will be possible to open again. Arcade operators will therefore have to remain patient and can hope every day that politicians will also release their industry for possible easing.