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Land Gambling to Resume in Denmark

The Danish government has announced that the country’s land-based casinos and gaming arcades will be allowed to open from this weekend. The rule change is one of many as part of a wider easing of coronavirus restrictions from 21 May.

Land-based casinos in Denmark can open their doors on 21 May

Denmark’s gambling venues have been closed since December last year and were initially scheduled to open much earlier this year. However, this was delayed due to a high level of infection across the country. The reopening was then rescheduled for 5 April, but this was delayed once again as the government decided to focus on the rollout of its vaccination program and wait for the number of cases to fall.

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The new date of 21 May is the result of a political agreement. The Danish Gaming Authority (Spillemyndigheden) is due to publish full details on its website when they become available.

Denmark is the latest European country to allow a reopening of gambling revenues. Earlier this week, all remaining land-based venues in England, Scotland and Wales were allowed to open their doors. Casinos, bingo halls and adult gaging entertainment centers had been closed since the government implemented a third national lockdown in January in England, and soon after in Scotland and Wales.

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The venues have now reopened as the government moved to the next phase of its reopening plan, despite renewed fears over the Indian variant. Furthermore, there are still a number of restrictions in place limiting their operations. For example, customers and staff must wear a facemask while inside the venues and follow social distancing guidelines. Furthermore, there are also capacity limits in place.

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