In the Philippines, the government of President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to temporarily close casinos in metropolitan Manila for the third time in 17 months due to a significant increase in coronavirus prevalence in the region.
According to a report from Inside Asian Gaming, the lockdown is set to begin Friday and last for two weeks, as “enhanced public quarantine” measures have been introduced in the area of about 23 million people, which will require the complete closure of most non-core businesses. The source clarified that this step will affect the metropolis of Manila, as well as the central provinces of Luzon, such as Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal, and will oblige such giant resort complexes with casinos to stop working until at least August 21, such as:
- Resorts World Manila,
- Solaire Resort and Casino,
- City of Dreams Manila,
- Okada Manila.
The Philippines, home to just over 109 million people, has recorded nearly 1.6 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began in February 2020, killing 28,093 people. However, in the country last month, the total number of cases increased by almost 13%, with 3,220 deaths despite the introduction of a series of less stringent quarantine rules.
Inside Asian Gaming reported that all casinos in metropolitan Manila, as well as most other non-essential businesses, have been ordered to close for a 10-week period from March 15 last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. These businesses were then allowed to resume operations at the reduced capacity before being hit by a closure for the second month since late March due to a much larger outbreak, which saw local health authorities registering up to 204,000 active cases per day.