With its casinos in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Tunisia closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, French casino group Partouche Group has furloughed the majority of its workforce.
“We have taken all necessary measures to preserve our establishments and limit the inevitable economic consequences generated by this unpredictable crisis situation,” the company’s management said in a statement.
Following the closure of its casinos on the 14 March, 95 percent of the company’s employees have been placed on furlough. Partouche reported that the Department of Public Finances (DGFIP) has agreed to postpone the payment of its gaming taxes for the three month period covering February to April 2020.
Meanwhile, the company has said it will make its hotel in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux in northern France available free of charge to additional nursing staff called in to support the town’s hospital during the crisis.
Partouche reported an 8.4 percent rise in GGR to EUR174.8m for Q1 2020. Globally its turnover for the period November 2019 to January 2020 increased 8.6 percent to EUR126.7m.