Kainuu, Finland—The Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has completed it assessment of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases across the country and decided to relax restrictions in the Kainuu hospital district.
This means that Finland’s gambling monopoly Veikkaus will now be allowed to resume land-based gaming operations in the district. As a consequence, it will bring back into service 135 slot machines, hosted in petrol stations, shops, and restaurants.
Veikkaus does not own or operate casinos or any gaming halls in the region.
The Finnish government is deciding Covid-19 restrictions based on the number of cases in each hospital district in the country. Until December 15, sixteen districts in which Veikkaus had some form of activity, was under the strictest measures.
All land-based gaming activity and venues in every district, besides Lapland, Eastern Savo, and Northern Savo, were all forced to shut down on late November, forcing Veikkaus to enter negotiations with employee representatives over 90-day furloughs for staff.
“In making decisions, we follow the authorities’ recommendatinos” Tapani Kippo, Veikkaus regional sales manager, explained. “Kainuu is now at a basic level of [Covid-19 infection], so opening procedures can be initiated,” he added.
Kippo also explained that if the district saw the increase of Covid-19 cases, it would be forced to shut down the 135 slot machines again.