Danish gambling venues to remain closed until 5 April

| By Robert Fletcher
Denmark’s government has announced that casinos and gaming halls across the country will remain closed until 5 April at the earliest, in line with extended novel coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions.

Venues temporarily shut in December last year after the government extended national Covid-19 measures until 28 February, with the aim of opening early in 2021.

However, as Covid-19 case rates remained higher, venues have been kept closed in an effort to prevent further spread while Denmark commenced its vaccination programme.

In its latest update, the Danish Health and Medicines Authority announced that despite some relaxation of measures, casinos, gaming halls and restaurants will remain shut until at least 5 April.

A selection of other venues such as some non-essential shops and outdoor visitor attractions will be able to reopen in some regions, while certain year groups will also be allowed back into schools in select areas.

All other measures, including travel restrictions, will remain in place until early April.

Last month, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also announced English betting shops will be able to reopen alongside other non-essential retail from 12 April, followed by casinos, adult gaming centres and bingo halls on 17 May under the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

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