If an article published on the Gambling compliance website is to be believed, Argentina is the latest country to be so severely affected by swine flu that bingo halls and casinos have had to be temporarily closed. The decision to close the bingo halls and gaming venues comes in the wake of the Health Authority in Argentina declaring a state of emergency after swine flu swept through the country. The drama started in Buenos Aires when the local government declared a state of emergency as the swine flu crisis took hold of the area, in particular bingo halls operated by Spanish gaming firm Codere have been affected.
Flagship bingo venue temporarily closes
Codere have had to temporarily close many of their bingo halls in Argentina and the report on the Gambling Compliance website states that the company’s flagship bingo venue in La Plata has also been affected by the bingo hall closures. The bingo hall closures are only a temporary measure and are expected to be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Bingo Hideout readers will recall our article of 22nd June where we reported on bingo hall closures in Mexico in relation to the current global swine flu pandemic, although it appears that Mexico now seems to have the spread of the disease under control. Codere was again affected in the Mexico closures when 71 bingo halls out of their 105 in the country were forced to close for up to a fortnight.
Codere losses expected to be €3.5m just for Mexico
The new crisis can only add to the troubles of Madrid based Codere who has recently lost William Hill in a partnership deal which was hoped would allow the two companies to conquer the Spanish gaming market. Codere seems to be having a bit of an ‘annus horribilis’ to use a quote from Queen Elizabeth II, and even without the Argentinean closures is expecting the swine flu crisis in Mexico to cost the company somewhere in the region of €3.5m.