Danish gambling facilities to close under new coronavirus measures

The Danish Gaming Authority has confirmed that land-based gambling venues across the country will be required to close.

The Danish Gaming Authority (Spillemyndigheden) has confirmed that land-based gambling facilities in 18 municipalities across the country will be required to temporarily close their doors from 9 December under new coronavirus restrictions.

Denmark’s new measures

The new closure order will apply to casinos, gambling halls and restaurants and has been issued by the Danish government.

The order will cover the Greater Copenhagen area, Aarhus, Odense and several areas with the Sjælland region. 

A total of 38 municipalities in Denmark will now face stricter rules and all land-based gambling venues in these areas will have to remain closed until 3 January 2021.

Indoor sporting venues and cultural centres will also be closed until at least January.

This comes after the government said it would extend national coronavirus measures until at least 28 February next year.

Spillemyndigheden is accepting new land-based applications

News of the venue closures in Denmark comes as the country’s regulatory body is accepting applications for new land-based and on-ship casinos in the country.

The window to apply for land-based gambling authorisation opened in October and is set to run until 29 January 2021. Applications for casinos situated on ships are also set to be accepted during this time frame.

Permission to operate a land-based casino in the country is granted for up to 10 years. There are currently eight active licenses for land-based casino gambling in the country and a further permit has been granted a land-based casino in Copenhagen which was expected to open before the end of the year.

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