As infection rates in Europe begin to decline, member states are slowly lifting restrictions.
Germany has permitted small retail spaces to open; Poland has made parks and forests accessible to the public again; children in Norway can return to kindergarten while open markets in the Czech Republic will be permitted to trade.
Retail gambling too is enjoying the first signs of life. In Italy, the epicentre of the European crisis, has finally begun to relax social distancing rules having been in lockdown since early March.
Newgioco Group has announced that it has begun reopening physical webshop-only sites in certain locations, along with a range of measures across its estate to comply with the health guidelines.
“This is an important economic commitment on the part of our company to share our responsibilities towards reopening the economy in countries where we operate,” Newgioco’s chief operating officer Alessandro Marcelli said. “We consider the role that our sales agents and retail vendors play as brand ambassadors to be fundamental.”
In Greece too, resident retail monopoly OPAP said its 3,750 stores would begin to reopen from mid-May. However, all in-venue seating areas will be temporarily sealed off, while people inside stores must keep a distance of at least 1.5m between one another. Employees and customers are also advised to wear protective masks.
“OPAP assures customers that its employees and agents are working to secure the smooth reopening of the stores’ network and the best possible service for them, offering again OPAP games,” OPAP said.