Playtech Closes All Snaitech Stores Due to Coronavirus

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.

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12 March 2020 - 8:11am
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This is getting global in a hurry, it just hit Canada a month and a half ago or so, and we've been lucky so far, but the count is starting to climb faster than even just a couple weeks ago.

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It's getting crazy here too. People hoarding toilet paper, and I went to the store the other day and canned goods are starting to go off the shelves. Our schools are canceling any events, and I'm guessing schools will be closed after spring break.

I don't know how bad it really is if you get it, but people are acting like it's going to destroy everything.

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Yeah, it's quite similar here guys, I'm old enough and lived under a communist regime in the early 90's to witnessed something similar (although caused by very different reasons) but the social media I think contribute to the mass panic immensely nowadays...everybody think they're aware of what's going on... so maybe this is a big negative in a way of today's so well informed society.

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