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Danish government allows casinos to reopen from 21 May

| By Robert Fletcher
Denmark’s government has announced that land-based casinos and gaming arcades across the country will be able to reopen from 21 May following the easing of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions.
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Venues have been closed since December of last year and had initially been due to reopen early this year, but this was pushed back due to high rates of Covid-19 in the country. 

A later reopening date had been set for 5 April at the earliest, but this was delayed while the government pressed ahead with its vaccination programme and waited for the number of cases to decline.

The new date of 21 May is the result of a political agreement, the full details of which will be published on the Danish Gaming Authority’s (Spillemyndigheden) website when available in full.

The decision to allow casinos in Denmark to reopen comes after all remaining land-based gambling venues in England, Scotland and Wales resumed operations yesterday (17 May).

Casinos and bingo halls, as well as adult gaming entertainment centres, had been closed in all areas of the UK since the government announced a third national lockdown in January in England, with governments in Scotland and Wales following suit soon after.

Venues have now been allowed to reopen after the government moved to the next phase of its exit from lockdown, though casinos, bingo halls and adult gaming entertainment will continue to operate with certain restrictions in place.

Customers and staff will still need to wear a mask when inside the venue and adhere to social distancing guidelines, while capacity limits will also remain in place.

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