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    UK industry standards body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has called on the government to establish an “urgent economic package” to support the casino sector after warning its latest novel coronavirus (Covid19) measures could lead to 50% of workers losing their jobs.

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    The Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia’s capital and largest city, has authorised the reopening of the city’s land-based gaming sector, meaning 515 casinos and 17 bingo halls can now reopen.

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    Bars in Las Vegas – including those in casinos – were permitted to reopen on Sunday (20 September) after being forced to close due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

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    Casinos in London have offered to temporarily close their bars to help prevent a curfew that they said would result in the loss of thousands of jobs across the market amid the ongoing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Casinos and slot halls in the Dutch regions of Amsterdam-Amstelland, Haaglanden, Hollands Midden, Rijnmond and Utrecht must be fully closed by 1am under new novel coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions.

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    The national government of Colombia has legally ratified Decree 808, which was introduced in June this year to help shore up the country's gambling industry and protect funding for its heathcare system in the wake of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    UK industry standards body the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has hit out at the government for its decision to introduce a curfew on casinos in the north-east of England, saying the measures are “illogical” and “make no sense”.

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    Industry standards body the Betting and Gaming Council has warned that a mooted 10pm curfew for casinos in Great Britain could put thousands of jobs in the industry at risk without significantly slowing the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) as intended.

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    The Czech Republic Ministry of Finance has announced the launch of a new exclusion register that will allow consumers in the country to block themselves from accessing gambling services.

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    South Africa’s National Gambling Board (NGB) has responded to discussions about the legality of online casino with a firm declaration that the vertical is most certainly not permitted.

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    German lawmakers are to permit online casino games in Germany, provided operators comply with the terms of the regulatory framework due to come into force from 1 July 2021.

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    Dutch Minister for Legal Protection Sander Dekker has defended land-based monopoly Holland Casino in response to written questions from an MP regarding its responsible gambling practices, but acknowledged the casino does not keep track of individual player losses.

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    The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and Dutch regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the aim of clamping down on illegal activities in their gambling markets.

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    GVC Holdings submitted a plan to German state lawmakers in which the terms of the country’s new regulatory framework for gambling would be phased in, rather than implemented in full on a set date.

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    Casinos and bingo halls in the Colombian city of Medellín will be permitted to reopen from the third week of September (starting 14 September) after being closed since March because of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    Kangwon Land’s flagship casino in Jeongseongun, South Korea has been closed until 29 August following a resurgence of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country.

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    Bettors in Illinois will be able to sign up for an online sports betting account without travelling to a physical location after Governor J.B. Pritzker reinstated an executive order suspending in-person registration.

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    The European Commission has extended the standstill period in place for Germany’s revamped gambling legislation, while a number of stakeholders have flagged a range of concerns with the proposed regulatory framework.

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    The Illinois Gaming Board has announced new restrictions for land-based gambling facilities in the state in response to an increase in novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases.

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    The Colombian city of Cartago, in the department of Valle del Cauca, is to be the first municipality in the jurisdiction to authorise a pilot plan to reopen land-based gaming venues following the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.

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