Czech Republic – Authorities in the Czech Republic have issued warnings to both natives and tourists following a casino establishment enforcing an outright ban on visitors from Italy this week.
Health officials stated:
“We ask everyone to very seriously consider not travelling to those regions for holiday or ski trips unless necessary, because the danger exists.”
The warning comes just hours after a casino and resort located in Rozvadov, which currently houses the largest poker room in Europe, announced a ban on letting Italians in to gamble at its tables and machines.
The casino operator, which is owned by Leon Tsoukernik; a Czech entrepreneur, casino owner, art collector and CEO of Vestar Group, stated:
“King’s Resort communicates with regret to its customers that, given the evolution of the epidemic phenomenon coronavirus that for a few hours has been interested in the Czech Republic, in order to safeguard the health of our international guests and prevent the spread of the Covid-19, we have chosen to completely limit access in all areas of the casino, not even accepting hotel reservations, to all residents and coming from Italy indefinitely, cancelling from now all the events of March and April 2020 that target mainly target the audience mentioned above.”
King’s Casino, which opened in 2003 and has hosted the WSOP Europe since 2017 added:
“Given the constant evolution of the situation, we will follow any new developments, in the hope of removing this limitation to an audience to whom we are very fond of, giving timely communication via our channels as soon as possible.”
The Czech Republic is the first nation in central Europe to report confirmed coronavirus cases.
Reportedly, a Czech biochemist; Tomáš Cihlár, is involved in developing potential coronavirus treatment, who said:
“We have recently launched two clinical trials directly in Wuhan, the centre of the epidemic. The first one focuses on patients in more critical condition, who have a more serious infection and need help breathing or have a low saturation of oxygen in their blood.”
King’s Casino Rozvadov has over 160 poker tables, which makes it the largest poker room in Europe and has a total gambling area space of almost twenty thousand square feet.