Fears over the deadly Coronavirus appear to be easing with operations in casinos in Macau set to resume from February 20th.
As we reported earlier this month, Government authorities closed the doors on all casinos in Macau for fears over public health and safety due to the spread of the virus. The original suspension was for 15 days, and although there were concerns that may be extended, the decision has been made to re-open doors.
Casino operators have 30 days to resume full business operations, but there are to be strict controls in place for visitor entry. All workers and visitors are required to wear face masks, and there will increases to the space between gaming tables.
There have been no new cases of the Coronavirus in the region in the past two weeks, following from the 10 cases which were originally reported. In total there have been an estimated 70,000 people infected with the virus across China.
The news of casinos re-opening will bring much welcome relief for the economy in the special administrative region. It’s already been a difficult year for Macau casinos with gaming revenue on the decline, and reports from Wynn Resorts that the downtime has cost the company over US$2.5 million per day.