Veikkaus to reopen slot machines in Kainuu

| By Robert Fletcher
Finnish monopoly operator Veikkaus will reopen its slot machines in Kainuu from today (11 November) after the government eased some novel coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions in the region.
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Veikkaus halted all gambling activities in Kainuu on 13 January after the government determined the spread of Covid-19 in the region had moved from a low to accelerated phase.

Current regulations in Finland mean all slot machines must be switched off and gaming halls closed in areas where the spread of the virus is accelerated.

However, with measures having again been scaled back to basic levels, Veikkaus began switching on its slot machines in Kainuu’s kiosks, shops and traffic stations earlier today.

This is the second time Veikkaus has restarted gaming activities in Kainuu after a temporary suspension.

Measures in the region were relaxed in mid-December to allow slot machines to operate, but were switched off last month after restrictions in Kainuu were increased.

Last month, Veikkaus was again forced to suspend activities in Satakunta, after the region was moved to the accelerating phase.

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