According to the new guidelines by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, “the use of different measures, targeted regionally and locally, yet comprehensively and in such a way that the measures support each other, provide the regions with the best prerequisites for fighting the spreading of the epidemic as a whole.”

Veikkaus’ slot machines and gaming arcades will be closed in the regions in the acceleration and spreading stages on Saturday at the latest. The closure process was initiated right away on Thursday.

– We have followed the development of the coronavirus situation and acted according to the official guidelines. We made the decision on the closure today quickly after the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health published their guidelines, says Jari Heino, SVP, Channels and Sales at Veikkaus.

The guidelines issued by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health on Thursday cover a fixed period, lasting until mid-December.

– No-one knows yet what the situation will look like in three weeks. We are sure that all efforts are made in society to suppress the second wave of this disease.

Veikkaus is prepared to act quickly if there are any changes in the regional coronavirus situation.

– We will be listening to the specialists, evaluating the situation based on their knowledge; and we will make our decisions accordingly, Mr Heino says.

The gaming arcades and slot machines will be closed in the following regions

  • South Ostrobothnia
  • Helsinki and Uusimaa
  • Kanta-Häme
  • Kymenlaakso
  • Länsi-Pohja
  • Pirkanmaa
  • North Karelia
  • Northern Ostrobothnia
  • Päijät-Häme
  • Satakunta
  • Vaasa
  • Southwest Finland

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