France – A casino located in Carnac, a commune beside the Gulf of Morbihan on the south coast of Brittany in the Morbihan department in north-western France, has today announced a two-week closure period following the confirmation of coronavirus cases at the establishment.
The venue, which is owned and operated by Circus France has been the first gaming establishment to close its doors due to the severe threat of the disease.
The announcement comes just one week after almost forty gaming establishments were re-opened after a planned two-week shutdown in Macau; a city and special administrative region on the western side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China.
A statement released by the region read:
“The appearance of grouped cases, where a cluster of nine people have tested positively, was confirmed in Morbihan on March 1 with two cases in Auray, four cases in Crac’h and two cases in Carnac.”
It continued about the severity and seriousness of the discovery:
“Others have been the subject of samples currently being analysed. The prefect of Morbihan immediately took stock of the situation with the Director of the Brittany Regional Health Agency, the rector of Brittany and the Academic Director of the Morbihan national education services.”
On its website, the casino firm stated that it was closed for business until at least the 14th March 2020. It is not yet clear whether the closure will extend beyond this date.
The statement expanded:
“The measures immediately applicable to the department of Morbihan in order to limit the risks of spread of the virus include the prohibition by prefectural order of any collective gathering throughout the department from 1 March to 14 March, the closure by prefectural decree of all schools, crèches and extracurricular reception in the municipalities of Auray, Crac’h and Carnac from March 1 to March 14 and the introduction by the mayor’s instructions for travel restrictions in the municipalities of Auray, Crac’h and Carnac.”
Circus Casino is the only major gaming establishment in the region and caters for adults over the age of 18. The gaming floor consists of gaming tables and machines and is typically open for business from 10am to 2am on weekdays and from 10a to 3am on Fridays, Saturdays & eves of public holidays.