Danish gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden has announced that the country’s land-based casinos and gambling venues must remain closed until January 31st due to concerns relating to the spread of coronavirus throughout Denmark.
The Danish authorities made the decision to close all gambling facilities on December 17th, 2021 in a bid to stop the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. This forced closure was set to end on January 16th, but Spillemyndigheden confirmed yesterday that this will be extended until at least the end of the month.
The decision to extend the shutdown was made by Danish Minister of Health Magnus Heunicke and according to reports in the local press, the reopening of casinos will be decided on at a later date. Managers at any casino or gambling venue will be responsible for ensuring that the venues remain shut during the closure period with any casino found to be operating at risk of having its license suspended.
The announcement of the closure extension comes as Spillemyndigheden reported that gaming revenue for the month of November amounted to DKK604 million (£67.7/€81.1/$93 million). The regulator has yet to release data for the month of December although a sharp drop in revenue is expected due to the forced closures on the 17th of the month.