The City Council of Barcelona ruled that it would not permit the opening of any new gambling facilities, arcade, bingo hall or casino, as stated in a statement sent to the municipal government of Catalonia.
Barcelona’s executive notes that it will enforce its mandate for a period of one year in support of addiction-related health networks in the region, and further underlines that’ gambling establishments have to be put in order.’
The regional council, specifying its mandate, states that it aims to improve the screening of vulnerable citizens, supporting the mission undertaken by the new Department for Ageing, Health Care and Social Mobility in Catalonia.
Barcelona currently has 53 casino facilities, 35 of which are arcades, as well as 17 bingo halls and Grup Peralada’s ‘Casino Barcelona’ complex.
The Barcelona Council notes that it has drawn up an’ Urban Plan’ to track the activities of gambling establishments that will no longer be allowed to advertise their premises or facilities throughout the public venues and TV and radio broadcasting networks of the region.
More measures to prevent addiction will see Barcelona establish a new school-wide educational program that will be financed by annual grants from licensed gambling incumbents in the city.