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Danish casinos to remain closed until end of January

| By Robert Fletcher
Danish gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden has announced that land-based casinos and gaming halls in the country will remain closed until at least 31 January due to ongoing concerns about novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
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Casinos and gaming halls were forced to temporarily close on 17 December to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, amid the rise of the Omicron variant of the virus.

The closure order was due to expire on 16 January, but the Danish Ministry of Health today (13 January) said that this will be extended until the end of the month.

Managers in charge of the day-to-day running of casinos and gaming halls will be responsible for ensuring the venues remain closed until permitted to reopen.

The most recent figures released by the Danish government show that the country recorded 24,343 new cases of Covid-19 yesterday, with the seven-day average now at 19,606.

This week, Spillemyndigheden also reported gaming revenue in November 2021 amounted to DKK604m (£67.7m/€81.1m/$93.0m) in a month that saw year-on-year revenue growth across the board.

Slot machine revenue climbed 2.0% to DKK102m, while land-based casino revnue was also up 14.3% year-on-year to DKK32m in November.

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