Finland’s state-owned gaming operator Veikkaus has confirmed that it’s going to additional cut back the variety of slot machines in operation throughout the nation.
The operator had beforehand introduced on the finish of final 12 months that it might cut back the variety of slot machines in its retail community by 3,500 by the top of 2020 as a part of its accountable playing initiatives.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic nevertheless, Veikkaus has now determined to cut back its slot machines by 8,000, greater than double its earlier plans.
By the top of this 12 months, the corporate estimates that there will likely be a most of 10,500 slot machines throughout its retail community of outlets, kiosks and repair stations, in comparison with round 18,500 at first of this 12 months.
Veikkaus may even cut back the utmost variety of slot machines allowed per level of sale to 4 machines by January 2021.
These slot machines will have the ability to be performed by prospects from 15 July, with Veikkaus planning to reopen its arcades for restricted numbers of shoppers (On line casino Helsinki, Really feel Vegas and Pelaamo arcades) on Friday 26 June.
“Everybody ought to have an opportunity, for instance, to do their buying with out relapsing to playing,” stated Veikkaus senior vice chairman of channels and gross sales Jari Heino. “That’s the reason all our decentralized slot machines solely open for taking part in at 11am day by day. They shut by 4am on the newest. This transformation will stay efficient till obligatory identification enters into power in January 2021.
“After that, individuals can have the prospect to impose a complete block on their slots gaming in retail community.”
Veikkaus may even introduce session timers throughout all slot machines, saying the time spent playing each 15 minutes.
“We may even take particular care of hygiene, for instance, by putting in plexiglass shields to the checkout desks and between the slot machines, along with flooring graphics to remind individuals to maintain a protected distance, and we’ll place hand sanitizer dispensers close to the slot machines,” continued Heino. “We’ve got offered the arcades with numerous protecting gear for our workers. We need to make it possible for each Veikkaus’ employees and the purchasers have the very best safety in opposition to the coronavirus.
“We’re able to react quick, if the state of affairs requires it. We need to sustain dialogue with our stakeholders and work for a good safer gaming surroundings day by day.”