Lockdown extension sees Holland Casino venues closed until February 9

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Holland Casino has announced the continued closure of its roster of gaming establishments after the Netherlands’ government extended current lockdown measures until at least Tuesday 9 February 2021.

The company saw the doors close across its portfolio of casinos on December 14, 2020, as the Dutch government placed the country into “its strictest lockdown yet”. This followed previous closures in March 2020 as part of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This latest announcement sees Holland Casino forced to keep all 14 branches in Amsterdam-West, Amsterdam Center, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Scheveningen, Zandvoort, Groningen, Leeuwarden, Nijmegen, Enschede, Valkenburg, Venlo, Eindhoven and Breda closed until the aforementioned date, unless another extension follows.

The country’s government urged people to “stay at home, limit contact with others and work from home,” during its decision to extend the measures currently in place last week.

“The extended lockdown will have a major impact on society and the economy. These are difficult times for business owners and employees alike. We must pull together to help each other come out the other side,” it was commented in the announcement.

Urging people to not travel abroad or book trips until March 31, the measures say that individuals should only go outside to buy essentials, get some fresh air, walk the dog, go to work if you cannot work from home or to provide essential informal care or support.

Among those establishments remaining closed are shops (except those selling essential items such as food); locations where contact-based professions are carried out, such as hairdressers, nail salons and sex establishments; indoor sports facilities, gyms, swimming pools, saunas, spas; and restaurants, cafes, theatres, concert halls, cinemas, casinos; zoos, amusement parks. Hotels are open, but hotel restaurants are closed and room service is not available.

Adults can exercise alone or with one other person; a plea against the use of public transport, except for essential purposes, has been issued; and only medical professionals and allied health professionals may carry out work that involves close contact with clients or patients.