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Council of State: betting agencies and casinos remain closed

The urgent appeal against the continued closure of casinos, betting offices and gaming rooms was rejected by the Council of State.

The Council of State rejected, Wednesday, the appeal for suspension of extreme urgency formed against the ministerial decree extending the closure of Paris offices until April 1, 2021. The body decided that the Minister of the Interior could reasonably have considered that a reopening of casinos, automatic gaming rooms and betting offices, concomitant with that of other economic sectors, was likely to lead to a resurgence and exponential spread of the coronavirus.

The decree concerned concerned betting agencies as well as casinos and gambling halls.

The Council of State considered that Minister of the Interior Annelies Verlinden is very competent to extend the closure of the Paris offices, that this measure, necessary to ensure public health, does not violate the principle of equality as well as the freedom to undertake and that due to the epidemiological situation and the urgency of actions to be taken, it was not mandatory to ask the opinion of the legislative section of the Council of State.

The appeal was filed by Derby, a subsidiary of the Ladbrokes group (sport bets). It was aimed at a decree that concerned betting agencies as well as casinos and gambling halls.

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