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Germany – DAW board spokesman calls for ‘risk of infection’ to be taken into account

By - 23 March 2021

Georg Stecker, spokesman for the board of the umbrella organisation Die Deutsche Automatenwirtschaft eV (DAW), has called for a scientific approach to how Germany reopens its various hospitality industries with ‘actual risk of infection on site’ to be taken into consideration.

Mr. Stecker said: “No matter whether small or large. Whether industry, installation or wholesale. Whether amusement arcade or restaurant setup – after 5 months of lockdown, the situation of many companies in the machine industry is dramatic. The sluggish and sometimes even non-payment of economic aid makes their situation even worse. We finally need a reliable perspective for our company. ”

He added: “When the situation allows you to talk about openings again, you need a sense of proportion and differentiation. The actual risk of infection on site must then be taken more into account than before. The conditions for state-licensed gambling halls are very good. One must not be blind to the consequences of the closings: Illegal offers increase if the legal offer of state-licensed amusement arcades and gastronomic establishments with machines are not available. Nobody can want that.”

Germany has extended its lockdown for three weeks following a third wave of coronavirus infections.

After talks with regional leaders Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed the restrictions would remain in place until April 18.

Mrs Merkel said Germany was now in a ‘very serious’ stage.

“Case numbers are rising exponentially and intensive care beds are filling up again,” she said.

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