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France – Table games omitted from French reopening plans

By - 8 June 2020

A decree authorising the reopening of casinos in France was published on June 2 but only slot machines and electronic table games will be allowed to reopen.

Casinos will be able to open everywhere, with the exception of Ile de France, which is still classified as an orange zone, Corsica and the overseas departments (except Guyana and Mayotte which is also in orange). The eight Ile-de-France departments could reopen if the curve against the coronavirus pandemic flattens, by June 21, the next date chosen by the government to take stock.

Electronic roulette, electronic blackjack or electronic punto banco and slot machines will be allowed to reopen as long as general sanitary measures and social distancing measures are followed.

The Department of Public Liberties and Legal Affairs (DLPAJ) of the Ministry of the Interior said there would need to be a distance of a meter between two machines

The DLPAJ considers that a Plexiglas separation between two slot machines or two stations of an electronic game is not in accordance with the reopening laws, as there are less than one meter between two customers. Although casino customers are obliged to wear a mask, this is not the case in restaurants and bars with seats.

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