Kangwon Land to close temporarily as government restrictions tighten

On Saturday Kangwon Land announced their temporary shut down in accordance with the country's tighter COVID prevention measures

Kangwon Land in South Korea has temporarily suspended its operations once again following orders from the government, due to the rise of COVID-19 cases. 

The casino resort, located in Gangwon Province, is the only casino in South Korea where locals are permitted to gamble.  

The closure was imposed on Sunday morning and will last until 6am on 29 August. However, the final reopening date will be announced upon the advice of the health authorities and the COVID-19 situation in the country.  

Two lawmakers indicted in Kangwon Land scandal | AGBKangwon Land has suspended its operations in February to curb the spread of the virus in South Korea. The VIP gaming area reopened in May, after the property had announced several reopening dates which were later pushed back.

Meanwhile, Kangwon Land has also received permission from the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Tourism to extend its operating hours from 18 hours to 20 hours daily and to add more gaming tables from 160 to 180.  

Due to the increase in the Covid-19 cases in the country, authorities are reverting back to Stage 2 of their COVID-19 mitigation plan, which states that large gatherings of 50 or more people, and operations of bars, clubs, cafes and casinos will be suspended.  

The company expects a revenue loss of about KRW7.5 billion (US$6.3 million) based on average daily casino sales during the first half of 2020.  

Kangwon Land, the largest casino in the country, has reported a loss of KRW 45.56 billion (US$38.4 million) in the second quarter of this year compared to a profit of KRW 50.94 billion (US$42.9 million) in the same period last year.  

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