Merkur Spielbank Magdeburg, a casino in Saxony-Anhalt, reopened on May 21 for the first time after the spread of Covid-19. It is the first casino that reopened in the country after the pandemic-triggered lockdown.
The casino passed the stringent and extensive hygiene and safety measured stipulated by the health department, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs gave nod to its reopening.
Knuth Achilles, director of Merkur Spielbanken Sachsen-Anhalt, said: “We are very pleased that our application has been approved and can hardly wait to be able to receive guests again at the Magdeburg casino after almost seven months of lockdown. We are very grateful for the good cooperation. This enables us to reopen at such short notice.”
The casino revised and optimised its entire hygiene and safety procedure, with an aim of providing maximum security to the customers and staff members. Mr. Achilles added:
“The protection of our employees and our guests is our top priority. The expanded concept is intended to help ensure that everyone involved can feel safe with us.”
The newly issued permit is valid four weeks, in which the casino will function as a trial run. The casino will have to test and digitally track all the persons who visited the facility. If the incidence value of the disease cumulatively surpasses 100 per 100,000 inhabitants on five consecutive days during the four weeks of trial run, the permission will be revoked.