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Casino Patrons Exposed to Covid, SBC Barcelona Digital Only

Written by:
Aaron Goldstein
Published on:
Jun/01/2020

Those who recently visited a northern Michigan casino may have been exposed to the coronavirus, health officials warned on Monday.


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The Health Department of Northwest Michigan wants to make the public aware of locations that may have allowed for low risk exposure to COVID-19. Occasionally during contact tracing, we are unable to identify all potential close contacts and therefore share information about potential exposure at a public location. In this instance, an individual that tested positive for COVID-19 visited the following public locations while contagious on May 29th. 

Odawa Casino, Petoskey between 2 pm and 5 pm 

Pine Squirrel Bar and Grill, Gaylord between 5 pm and 7 pm 

Paul's Pub, Gaylord between 7 pm and 9 pm

Individuals that were present at the above locations should self-monitor for 14 days from the date of potential exposure. 

SBC Barcelona Event Digital Only

Gambling conference and exhibition organizer SBC Events has announced that its flagship expo due to be held in Barcelona in September will now be a digital-only event for 2020.

The SBC Summit Barcelona - Digital will be held on 8-11 September and will build on the success of SBC’s previous online events in bringing the gambling industry together despite the coronavirus pandemic.

While restrictions begin to lift all over the world, the appetite for travel for both companies and individuals is likely to be much reduced. After consulting with key stakeholders, SBC Events has made the decision to transfer the Barcelona event to a digital platform this year to help exhibitors, speakers and delegates make plans with certainty in an uncertain environment.

SBC Founder & CEO Rasmus Sojmark explained: “SBC Events has pushed back the boundaries for what is possible for virtual exhibitions and conferences in the gambling sector, which is why we feel confident that moving the Barcelona event into an online environment will be welcomed by the industry.”

The SBC Summit Barcelona - Digital will be the betting & gaming industry's largest virtual trade event, encompassing and connecting all industry sectors across the globe.

The four-day digital event will be a mix of showcasing the latest products and solutions for the industry, an extensive conference with high-level speakers, and unparalleled networking capabilities in the digital space.

SBC Chief Operating Officer David Knight added: “SBC has rightly gained a reputation for providing high-quality discussions and unmatched networking events, and have also proven ourselves to be a leader in providing digital exhibitions during the COVID-19 outbreak. The SBC Summit Barcelona - Digital will combine these attributes to deliver a must-attend gathering for the gambling industry.”

The SBC Summit Barcelona - Digital will feature 100 exhibitors and eight conference tracks across the four days, including a special program dedicated to industry innovation on the second day of the event. Other topics include Sports Betting in Focus, Leaders in Gaming, Safer Gambling, New Markets, Affiliates, Lottery and Payments.

The SBC Summit Barcelona - Digital will also retain the Big Stage conference track for the biggest and most important topics and speakers, with CEOs from the different sectors of the industry sharing their insight with delegates.

SBC Chief Commercial Officer Jaap Kalma said that many of the event’s sponsors were already on board: “We couldn’t put any of our events on without our sponsors and exhibitors, which is why it is fantastic that many of them have recognized we have their best interests at heart and readily welcomed the move to digital for the Barcelona event.

“Several of them have been encouraged by their experience from our first online event, the SBC Digital Summit last month, and the new event will build on that experience to create an even better environment to make contacts, get leads, do business and learn best practice from the leading lights in the industry.”

Four More Nevada Casinos Set to Open With Restrictions

On 4 June, Arizona Charlie's Boulder, Arizona Charlie's Decatur, Lakeside Casino & RV Park and Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Gambling Hall will reopen their doors to the public. The four Nevada casinos are implementing several health and safety rules to ensure safety for guests and employees.

Team members will be tested for COVID-19

Team member training has been provided for a safe and clean visit

Entry Point Screening to ensure a maximum capacity of 50% or less

General Health Screening for guests and team members (including temperature checks)

Congregation control to limit the size of groups gathering

Enhanced sanitizing of high contact areas including slot machines, countertops, tabletops, door handles and seat surfaces

Self check-in kiosks available for your convenience, or if you prefer, we will have front desk agents available to assist you with your check-in. Kiosks will be sanitized after each use

Safe distancing guidelines and markers provided throughout the property including restaurants, registration, casino floor, elevators and public spaces. Every other chair will be removed on our casino slot floors as well as tavern bars

Hands-free digital menus will be available at all of our restaurants via your mobile device

Reduced guest contact with playing cards

More frequent replacement of decks of cards

Daily sanitizing of gaming chips

Single use drinkware on casino floors

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