Only 29 casinos to resume operations tomorrow

[Updated with corrected list of suspended casinos]

The Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ) Director Paulo Martins Chan said today that only 29 casinos will resume operations tomorrow, with 12 to remain closed.

There will be about 1,800 gaming tables available to players in all 29 casinos, about 30 per cent the original capacity before the suspension.

Some of the 12 casinos that will remain closed according to the DICJ Director, include Oceanus, Macau Jockey Club, Sands Cotai Central, Waldo, Rio Hotel, President Hotel, Grand Lapa, Regency Art Hotel, Grand Dragon Hotel, and Altira.

The 15-day suspension on casino operations imposed by the Macau government on midnight of February 5 will be lifted after midnight February 20, but with gaming operators allowed to postpone or partially reopen their casinos for a period of 30 days.

Another health risk evaluation will be conducted by authorities after the 30 days period is finished.

There are currently 41 casinos in Macau, but two were already closed before the 15-day suspension.

The Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau has also issued some of the new health preventive measures that will have to be enforced by local gaming operators after casino operation, such as regular cleanings and maintaining a minimum distance between customers.

“After the re-opening, the DICJ and together with the Labour Affairs Bureau and the Health Bureau will keep overseeing the health measures enforced in the casinos,” Chan added.

The DICJ Director considered that the suspension had been effective in preventing further coronavirus cases, as it significantly reduced the number of tourists in the city.

[To be udpated]