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Finnish Regulator Closes Brick-and-Mortar Casino Machines

27 November 2020, 16:18
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The spreading of the coronavirus across Finland forces the state's official bodies to take immediate measures. By Saturday, November 28, Veikkaus plans to stop land-based gambling machines' activity in the most dangerous regions. Login Casino explains in more detail which of the gambling devices will be shut down and where.

Finnish Regulator Closes Brick-and-Mortar Casino Machines

Finland has entered the dangerous phase of COVID-19 spreading, and hospitals in some regions cannot deal with the number of ill people. As two of the 19 areas reached critical numbers and another eight are in the intermediate acceleration phase, Veikkaus decided to shut down slots and suchlike gambling machines in retail.

The most dangerous situation is in the Uusimaa and Päijät-Häme regions. In the first one, the capital and most populous city, Helsinki, is situated. Among the other dangerous zones are Åland, Kanta-Häme, Kymenlaakso, Lapland (Kemi town in particular), North Ostrobothnia, Pirkanmaa, Pohjanmaa, and Southwest Finland regions. All those eight areas are in the acceleration phase of the disease.

According to the latest casino news, all types of gambling machines will be restricted in the regarded ten areas. The process has already begun, as closure should be finished no later than Saturday, November 28. Veikkaus hasn’t informed about when this casino retail will return to normal functioning.

What will be the financial outcomes of the closure?

Considering the spring lockdown results, the closure of retail gambling will lead to significant losses. As the interest of Finnish people towards both offline and online casinos has dropped by almost 50% in the first half of 2020 and was slightly more than €240M, closing the land-based gambling for a month can cause dozens of million downfalls. As Veikkaus is a state-owned operator, all the revenues have been spread across national sectors.

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