Government declares flu emergency through end of July

Casinos and bingo halls in three provinces in Argentina have closed to prevent possible Swine Flu infections.

Local news reports said the closures came in response to the Argentine government’s declaration of a flu emergency that will last until the end of July.

Provinces and districts are reacting individually to the government’s action.

In the province of Buenos Aires, Casino Mar del Plata closed last weekend for an indefinite period, and the City Council has recommended that all gambling venues in the province should close as a preventive measure.

Bingo halls in Quilmes, Avellaneda, Lanús and San Miguel were closed by local government order, along with pubs, clubs and shopping centers in some districts. Bingo La Plata had suspended operations but was scheduled to reopen this week on a day-to-day basis.

In the province of Corrientes an agreement between casino owners and the Ministry of Health has seen all eight venues there closed indefinitely.

In Entre Rios the provincial government ordered the temporary closure of casinos and other gambling venues.

Bingo Municipal in Puerto Madryn in the province of Chubut also was closed pending further notice.