Gustaf Hoffstedt, secretary general of BOS, the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling, has urged the government to ease the interim limitations on online casinos beginning September 29.
In a letter outlining the request, Hoffstedt claims that the date should be moved up from November 14, after it was stated that practically all pandemic-related restrictions would be eliminated later this month.
To date, many extensions to the restrictions have been added, including deposit, playing time, and bonus limits for online casinos and VLTs.
Return to normal
“Most indications today are that Sweden has overcome the most difficult phase of the pandemic,” it is stated. “As a consequence, Swedish society has begun a return from a state of emergency to a normal situation.
“For the gaming market, it has so far been mainly noticed by the state-owned land-based casino Casino Cosmopol opening its operations on July 7 this year, without the temporary restrictions that apply to online casinos.
“The fact that the government announced on September 7 that most of the general restrictions will be removed from September 29 this year is, of course, an even clearer signal of the government’s ambition to return Sweden to a normal situation.
“This includes the Swedish Public Health Agency’s advice to withdraw the advice to work from home, which was the main argument for the temporary regulation on gambling liability measures, as it was claimed that increased stays at home would lead to increased gambling problems with online casino gambling.”
BOS’ request comes amid claims that the country has passed through the most severe stage of the epidemic and is ready to come out of quarantine and resume normal life and commercial operations.
The letter concludes: “Against this background, BOS hereby requests the government to include a termination of the temporary regulation on gambling measures, together with the termination of the general pandemic restrictions.
“Thus, the temporary regulation on gambling liability measures would end on 29 September this year, and not on November 14. We look forward to the feedback from Minister Ardalan Shekarabi on this issue.”