Okada Manila awaits green light to reopen

The resort presented new health and safety measures in preparation for the reopening

Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) revealed that the agency has submitted an appeal to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for Covid-19, to allow the resumption of operations for land-based casinos nationwide, after the announcement of the Metro Manila transitioning from the Enhance Community Quarantine to General Community Quarantine on the 1st week of June. 

Okada Manila has declared a new 3T campaign called “True Clean. True Safe. True Heart,” which aims to assure guests of clean, safe, and a memorable stay; Presenting the resort’s new health and safety measures in preparation for the reopening of the casino resort as soon as the green light is received from the government. 

Okada Manila President and Co-Vice Chairman, Takashi Oya, said “With 3T, we will do our best to keep the premises virus-free while providing five star experiences we have come to be known for.” 

Takashi Oya, says that with 3T, they will do their best to keep the premises virus-free while providing the five star experience they have come to be known for. 

Okada’s new health and safety measures include: Covid-19 testing for all staff members; thermal checks at all designated entrancesAll guests and staff being required to wear face masks. Any guest or staff member found to have a body temperature over 37.5C will be taken to an isolation area for medical assistance. It would also have “round-the-clock” sanitation and disinfection of hotel rooms and high-traffic areas, including parcels and luggage will be sanitised at all entrances to the property. 

Okada confirmed in an email with GGRAsia that only three players will be allowed at its gaming tables. Moreover, “floor layouts will be reconfigured for optimal physical distancing,” it said. 

Mr. Oya last week announced that the casino resort will lay off more than 1,000 employees from their payroll (effective on June 15, 2020) due to the complete lack of revenue the property has generated since all Manila-area casinos were ordered to close their doors on March 15. 

On Friday, a memo to investors from Union Gaming Securities LLC suggested that the Reopening of Manila casinos “could be on the horizon,” possibly around June 15. 

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