Bratislava gambling ban to take effect in 2021. On December 17, the majority of Bratislava’s councillors voted to outlaw gambling in response to an anti-gambling petition. The ban shall enter into force on 1 January 2021. According to The Slovak Spectator, 39 of the Council’s 40 members voted in favour of the ban, while one abstained.
The new legislation does not mean that Bratislava’s casinos and gambling venues will be closed immediately – instead, they will not be extended once business gaming licences expire between 2023 and 2024.
This is the second time that a gambling ban has been enforced in Slovakia, with the first attempt lasting less than two years from 1 May 2017 to 28 December 2018.
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