Century Casino operator forced to close all its casinos in Poland

Gaming operator Century Casino, headquartered in American city of Colorado Springs, announced the prolonged closure of all its establishments in Poland. The reason for this decision is banal - tighter restrictions to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

At the end of December, the company announced the temporary closure of its facilities in the country. Subsequently, this measure was extended. According to the latest figures, 1.44 million cases of COVID-19 have been registered in Poland, and the country is among the EU leaders in terms of the rate of spread of the infection.

"The situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly. It now appears that due to the current extent of the pandemic, it will negatively impact the company at least in the first half of 2021," Century Casino said in a statement.

The brand's Polish casinos will reportedly be closed until at least January 31, 2021, unless a further extension of the quarantine period imposed by the Polish government to contain the spread of the coronavirus is announced.

Meanwhile, Century Casino's press office previously reported that its operating segment in Poland contributed 4 percent to the brand's total adjusted profit for the three months ended Sept. 30 last year.

Note that Century non gamstop casinos, through its Austrian subsidiary Century Resorts Management GmbH, owns 66.6 percent of Casino Poland, the owner and operator of eight casinos across Poland, as well as a 75 percent stake in the racetrack and the popular Century Downs Casino in Calgary, Canada.

Meanwhile, Century Casino operates a number of gambling properties across the U.S., including Cripple Creek and Central City casinos in Colorado, as well as Missouri, West Virginia and Edmonton, a major Century Bets facility in the Canadian province of Alberta.