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Maybe we are a bit premature, but it seems that in Europe life is slowly getting back to normal. And this means that more and more countries are opening up their casinos as well! About time, as Las Vegas is already running at full capacity again. When vaccinated, you don’t even have to wear a facemask! Sure, this isn’t Vegas, but Europe is doing its best to follow suit! Even though you are always welcome with EuroCasino online, there might be those among you who really like setting foot in a physical casino after such a long time. And we don’t blame you!
Okay, there is a difference between being open and being open. In Cyprus, open means that casinos can welcome 30% of their capacity and only until midnight. Moreover, there are employees cleaning the casino all day long. Nevertheless, after a closure of six months we still consider this to be ‘open’.
Have you ever been to the Grand Corona Casino in the Bulgarian town of Svilengrad? There might still be officially a lock down, but it doesn’t stop the Bulgarians from gambling. Since April 16, the legal casinos are allowed to open their doors again for 50% of their normal capacity. Among them, the infamously named casino of Svilengrad.
There are always exceptions to the rule. In Monaco, the Casino de Monte-Carlo never closed. Maybe because the rich and famous are more privileged than us foot folk, but maybe it is because Monaco doesn’t tax its inhabitants and needs alternative ways to raise money to pay for their famous roads, police force and what’s more. There are restrictions however in time, social distance and food. Also in the more affordable Casino Café de Paris. Social Distancing in the VIP rooms is the easiest solution, but you better take a filled wallet if you do.
Cash is trash. A well known phrase in the world of banking, but now also in the world of casino. Cash can be dirty, literally, and thus have a risk of transmitting germs and viruses. This is why in Spain cash has been banned in casinos. Hygiene is very prominent in Spain, as you almost trip over all the hand wash dispensers. Prepare to have hands smelling of alcohol by the time you are done!
We admit, many countries on this list are rather small. Luxembourg has literally one casino, but it’s open! It’s on the border with France and opened when France opened the borders with Luxembourg (and vice versa). When the borders were closed, there wasn’t simply enough interest in the casino to keep it open.
Denmark & Finland
Last but not least we have the Scandinavian countries. Quite famous for their gambling tradition. The six casinos in the Danish towns Aalborg, Aarhus, Helsingor, Kopenhagen, Odense and Velje are open for the first time since december 2020. For almost half of the capacity that is. In Finland, the casinos have been open since may 4. Daily from 12.00 to 18.00. For people from Finland that is.