The Parliament of Denmark has decided to extend the closure period for casinos and gaming arcades. The gambling venues won’t open their doors until the end of January. The Danish Gambling Authority, Spillemyndigheden, announced the latest casino industry news in a special press release.
The authorities ordered the closure to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus, namely, the Omicron variant of the disease. Denmark now has the third-highest number of Omicron cases in the world, falling behind the UK and the US. In December 2021, the number of Covid-19 cases in the country drastically increased and was growing ever since. Yesterday, the number of new cases reached 25.75k with a seven-day average of 19.5k.
Initially, the Danish authorities were to shut down casinos and arcades for nearly a month from December 17 to January 16. However, the parliament extended the order due to increasing rates of confirmed Covid cases.
Spillemyndigheden states that the managers in charge of day-to-day casino operations are responsible for ensuring compliance with the order. The authority understands the toll that this closure is taking on the offline gambling businesses and will consider it during future slot machine inspections.
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