Sweden extends temporary gambling Covid-19 measures

Sweden extends temporary gambling Covid-19 measures

It has been announced that Sweden has extended its temporary gambling Covid-19 measures and restrictions until at least 14th November 2021.

The restrictions have been in place since July 2020 and were brought in as a limited and temporary measure, but some believe that the rules may be here to stay.

These restrictions include a cap on the amount a player can deposit to an online casino and on the amount a casino can offer as a free bonus.

Player protection is the primary reason for these restrictions to be implemented for a further six months, particularly as the country continues to navigate the difficult waters of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

In order to prevent gambling addiction of vulnerable people during a difficult time, these restrictions, come November, will have been in play for more than one year.

However, some people within the gambling industry are warning that it could have the opposite effect in that players will seek other means of gambling, such as playing games with unlicensed or unregulated casino operators.

It is not yet clear the impact the restrictions have had on the gambling industry in Sweden, but is a direct measure that authorities believe will help in both the short and long term.

Currently, casino players in Sweden are limited to deposits of no more than SEK 5000, around €500 and online casinos cannot offer bonuses greater than SEK 100, or €10 equivalent.

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