Casinos part of the first places to reopen at the end of confinement because of coronavirus? Well, no statement from the government on that matter so far. But gambling places say they are already willing and ready to open again. This is what Partouche group managing board chairman Fabrice Paire told our peers at BFM Buisness, explaining a health protocol has been put up together by the group and it was strict enough to be validated by the government.
“We have proposed reopening protocols, types of health protocols and guides to good practice that are rather sophisticated and that are in the hands of Mr. Lemoyne (State Secretary of Tourism, Editor’s Note) and logically in the Castex’s cell (Jean Castex, aka the government’s “Mister deconfinement”, Editor’s Note) and with the Prime Minister should enable, we hope, to reopen pretty soon” he says. He adds: “We think these protocols will enable to guarantee health situation within our facilities that will be entirely satisfactory”.
Among the measures included in this protocol, mandatory facemasks and more distance between slot machines, to make sure social distancing is guaranteed. A protocol that will lead to a fast reopening after closing for six weeks and a rather important loss to cover. All in all, Partouche group has lost about 50 million euros of turnover in the course of the confinement and they want to reopen as soon as possible to compensate this loss.
A solution to resume work, the State could grand lower taxes to casinos. A lead that is not swept away by Fabrice Paire even though it is not privileged so far: “Indeed, we are highly taxed. (…) So far, we have to keep a certain measure. Asking lower taxes, yes, it is easy to ask, but we should not lose sight of the fact the State will have to face rather complicated dates” he explains. He continues: “I have financial partners who lucky for us answered and have been extremely effective”.