Italian Shutdown Ends As Venues Reopen

  • Half of Italian regions ratify government permission
  • New hygiene rules in place for all gambling sites
  • Further economic support debated in parliament

Gambling venues across half of Italy will reopen today, ending almost 100 days of mandatory closures costing the sector more than €2bn.

A decree signed by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was published in the country's official gazette on Friday, giving retail gambling sites permission to open from Monday. 

For Italy’s 6,000 betting shops, 5,000 arcades and 200 bingo halls, the legislation ends almost 100 days of mandatory shutdown that began on March 8.

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