BOS, the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling, welcomed the decision to forgo the reintroduction of COVID restrictions for online casinos, after previously urging caution and calling for a rethink earlier this month .
It comes after Sweden’s finance ministry submitted a memorandum calling for a possible reintroduction, which it said would come into effect on February 7, 2022 and last until the end of June.
It was added at the time that they would only be introduced “if deemed necessary given the current situation”.
The proposal contained provisions that the deposit limit for games in online casinos could not exceed SEK 4,000 and that the corresponding loss limit applied to games in ATMs.
It would also be mandatory for players to set playing time limits when playing in online casinos and ATMs, with bonuses offered by licensees also only able to amount to a maximum. from SEK 100.
However, the potential reintroduction won support from the Spelinspektionen, who said he has no objection to the reintroduction of temporary gambling liability measures in Sweden in light of an increased spread of COVID-19.
The Swedish Gaming Authority noted that due to the “rapid spread” seen, which saw the country introduce stricter infection control measures earlier this month, the circumstances that led to an initial introduction “are at again considered as existing”.
“It is a wise and balanced decision that the government has made. Partly based on the general development of the pandemic. In part, and above all, because precisely these restrictions would not achieve their objective of protecting public health,” commented Gustaf Hoffstedt, BOS General Secretary.
“We are in favor of strong regulation of the gambling market, and a prerequisite for this is that the intention with various reforms can also have the desired effect. This was not the case with the COVID restrictions, and so it is welcome that they are removed.