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Casino operator Svenska Spel has announced that they've closed four of their Casino Cosmopol locations due to government-imposed restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The government has temporarily banned all gatherings of more than 50 people, and in response, the betting firm is shuttering their casinos in Stockholm, Sundsvall, Malmo, and Gothenburg for the time being. There isn't a timeframe for the re-opening of the spots, but the move is important for protecting from the spread of the virus.
Casino operators throughout the globe have either reduced operations or closed their doors temporarily. Notably, the United States has seen every commercial casino within their borders close, including hotspots like Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
Commenting on the decision Svenska Spel CEO Patrik Hofbauer said, "We follow the authorities' recommendations closely and have seen it as part of our responsibility to keep the community going by keeping our casinos open.
"We have followed the limit of a maximum of 500 people and other restrictions that currently apply to restaurant operations. With the new restrictions, it is now necessary to temporarily close all our casinos.
"We hope to welcome our guests back as soon as the situation changes."