VIE 30 DE OCTUBRE DE 2020 - 04:40hs.
Argentina

Casino de Tandil could be first to reopen in Buenos Aires province

Casino de Tandil is hopeful of becoming the first casino to reopen its doors in the Buenos Aires province with the company adhering to protocol authorised by the Integrated Health System (SIS). “Things have been difficult for a long time, the casino workers are going through a complex situation, the pandemic just exposed it,” commented Juan Pablo Ibañez, a member of the Casino Workers Union.

Speaking to La Voz de Tandil, Juan Pablo Ibañez, a member of the Casino Workers Union said the casino is the first to receive approval to reopen from the SIS but must now get the green light from the Provincial Institute of Lotteries and Casinos (IPLyC) of Buenos Aires.

“The authorities in Buenos Aires lived up to the circumstances, and the workers understood that we weren’t a priority in the middle of a pandemic and in this difficult economic situation. Things have been difficult for a long time, the casino workers are going through a complex situation, the pandemic just exposed it,” he said.

“We have to understand that the pandemic is not contemplated in a law, we all have to make an effort. We recognize the work from the union authorities and the effort from the governor because they had a great predisposition, and the previous government didn’t even allow us to have any type of conversation, they never even picked up the phone to talk to us,” Ibañez added.

Casino employees, who have been on half their salaries campaigned for the casinos to reopen back in July. The Association of State Workers (ATE) highlighted that casino revenues contribute to state programs with 20% of gaming tax going to the Ministry of Security, 20% to the Ministry of Education and another 25% going to the Ministry of Social Development.

Only slot machines will be allowed, which will be located two meters apart, with entry to those over 60 years of age prohibited.

Source: GMB / G3 Newswire