November 3, 2020

Belgium’s land-based gambling venues to close again due to Covid-19

Belgium’s land-based gambling venues to close again due to Covid-19

Brussels, Belgium –the Belgian government announced that the country will, once again, be put into a nationwide lockdown. All gambling venues are to remain closed at least until the middle of December.

The government has already ordered casinos, betting shops, and gambling halls to close from October 28 to November 19. This is part of the government’s enhanced novel coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions. However, this period of closure was extended in cooperation with the lockdown order.

Newsagents with betting terminals must make sure that their machines are turned off throughout the entire lockdown, but they ae allowed to stay open for other activities which the government considers essential.

Non-essential businesses and shops that provide personal services are also ordered to close, whereas the existing night-time curfew measures and closures of restaurants and bars will remain.

The announcement marks the second nationwide lockdown in Belgium this year. The first lockdown resulted to the closure of gambling venues back in March. Betting shops reopened back in June, and casinos in July.

Belgium recorded 16,915 new cases of Covid-19 and 173 related deaths on November 1.

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