Slovakian capital to ban casinos and gaming halls

Venues will be allowed to continue operating until their licences expire.
Venues will be allowed to continue operating until their licences expire.

Bratislava’s city council has voted in favour of a motion to implement a citywide ban on several forms of gambling.

Slovakia.- Legislators in the capital Bratislava have voted to introduce a ban on all casinos and gaming halls in the city.

Bratislava’s city council passed a motion under which the council will not accept any new licence applications, nor allow current licensees to renew their licenses. 

Existing licensed venues will be allowed to continue operating until their current licences expire, which for most venues is in 2023 or 2024. 

Bingo halls and betting shops will be allowed to remain open. 

The city has made the move after it received a petition signed by more than 70,000 residents calling for gambling to be prohibited in the capital.

In September. Prague in the neighbouring Czech Republic introduced a citywide ban on slot machines.

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