A host of casinos in Manila and those within Entertainment City’s resorts are set to reopen at 30% capacity following COVID-19 preventive measures; Melco International Development stated on Friday.
Melco International Development further announced that City of Dreams Manila and other casinos in the region have been granted limited reopenings from August 24th.
In reference to the execution, PAGCOR stated “integrated resorts and casinos which obtained permits from their respective local governments are allowed to open on trial run under the strictest health and safety protocols".
Melco International Development in a statement announced, “On August 19, 2020, Metro Manila was placed under a General Community Quarantine and City of Dreams Manila was allowed to resume its dry run/trial run previously started in June 2020. On August 24, 2020, the Philippine government allowed PAGCOR-licensed casinos in areas covered by the General Community
Quarantine to operate at 30% operational capacity. City of Drea
ms Manila is preparing for the resumption of its normal operations in accordance with the terms and conditions of this new guideline”.
The conditions for resuming operations will vary between property in light of the current local situation’s efforts in handling COVID-19. PAGCOR explained in a statement, “Those located in areas under lockdown or enhanced community quarantine may not open”.
The novel coronavirus has hit the gaming industry hard, especially land-based casinos in light of travel bans, the decrease in tourism it induced, and the closure of the hospitality and casino sectors. Casinos in the Metro Manila area have been shut since March 15 given the COVID-19 lockdown. For Melco International Development, this has amounted to US$161 million, a 65.6% decrease in revenue from the year before. Click here to read more about how the pandemic shut down has affected the sector in Manila.
To find out more about the measures taken by Manila in response to COVID-19, read our article here.
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