Europe's Gambling Sector Snaps Shut as Lockdowns Follow Curfews

  • France, Belgium and the UK return to lockdown status 
  • Greece to shutter gaming venues, shops in major cities
  • GVC puts extra lockdown costs at £43m

National lockdowns are replacing regionally targeted curfew measures across Europe, deepening the misery for operators of land-based gambling venues, whether betting shops, casinos or arcades.

This weekend saw a slew of countries across Europe, including the UK, Belgium and France, introduce full national lockdown measures, to respond to the renewed spread of COVID-19 as a second wave of the virus engulfs Europe, whereas Portugal, Austria and Greece unveiled partial lockdowns.

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