The coronavirus Covid-19 is a real hazard to a gambling business
All casinos in Macau will be closed for 14 days. The date and time of closure will be announced later. Earlier in the region, the tenth case of coronavirus infection was confirmed. It was found at the 57-year-old resident of Macau. The authorities of the world’s largest gambling center Macau in China suspended the operation of all casinos for two weeks because of the threat of the spread of coronavirus.
Reuters reports it, citing a statement by the head of the region Ho Iat Seng. The date and time of the closing of gambling establishments will be agreed upon later.
A statement by the head of administration appeared after 10 cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed in the region and severe restrictions on entry and exit from mainland China were announced.
According to Inside Asian Gaming, they’ll close all 49 casinos, and “similar types of entertainment.” The head of Macau added that closing conditions will be discussed with the owners of gambling establishments.
Macau’s gross gaming revenue (GGR) plummeted 87.8% year-on-year to MOP$3.10 billion in February, with the 15-day closure of all casinos and tightened border restrictions due to the coronavirus severely limiting visitation.
The authorities took this decision amid reports of a tenth person who became infected with a coronavirus in Macau. According to Macau News (https://macaunews.mo/), it was a 57-year-old resident of the city who visited Guangzhou on January 25 and returned on the same day. The next day, he had a fever and coughed, the newspaper said. On February 4, a coronavirus was confirmed in a man; now he is isolated.
Coronavirus and Casinos in Macau
In addition, all public services have suspended their work, public transport is limited. It is recommended that people leave their homes just to buy food.
“Closing the casino is a difficult step, but necessary in critical conditions”, explained the head of Macau and promised to hold a meeting with the heads of gambling establishments. In Macau, ten cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed. Macau, like Hong Kong, is a special administrative region within the PRC. It is famous for shopping centers and huge casinos.
A specific closing date for gambling establishments will be agreed upon later. A two-week period in this case is standard for previously adopted similar decisions to prevent the spread of the disease, the incubation period of the coronavirus is from one to 14 days.
The decision to suspend the casino will be a blow to the global “gaming hub“, which is Macau,
This extreme measure is being taken for the second time, for instance in 2018, the typhoon caused a 33-hour stoppage of all local casinos. To date, at least 10 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Macau, with Wuhan in central China becoming the epicenter of the spread.
The authorities took this decision after reporting a tenth person who was infected with a coronavirus in Macau. . Earlier, employees of all Macau casinos were forced to wear masks after a woman infected with a coronavirus came to one of the gambling establishments; the men confirmed the coronavirus, now it is isolated.
Coronavirus from China: Latest news
According to recent data, the number of coronavirus infected in China exceeded 20 thousand people, the death toll reached 425. Hong Kong is closing up new areas on the border with mainland China amid strong local pressure from an outbreak of coronavirus. The decision was announced by the head of Hong Kong Carrie Lam on February 3, reports CNN.
According to her, measures are still being taken to ensure control at border points, however, the city is not completely closed.