Gaming group Playtech has announced that they've temporarily closed all of their Snaitech retail betting shops in Italy after the country's Prime Minister put the country on quarantine.
All citizens are being ordered to stay at home and to avoid unnecessary travel, which will impact the 60 million people due to a severe outbreak of the coronavirus. More than 460 people in Italy have died thus far, with thousands more infected. In order to slow the spread of the virus, the government is closing schools, pubs, discos, stadiums, and other locales that are frequented by crowds. The quarantine will run through April 3rd.
Playtech said that the shops will remain closed through that date, but online operations will remain in place. This will allow punters to place bets from home and may take some of the sting off closing the shops.
Thus far, the coronavirus has impacted several gambling markets, as Macau revenues were down 88% and retail lottery sales in China were down over 40%.
We'll follow the impact of the virus on the betting industry and let readers know of any newsworthy topics.