Chile is facing continued civil unrest and the government has been forced to declare a state of emergency. Following the chaos and protests, the country’s gambling regulator has allowed the casinos to shut down.
The casinos, however, as a part of their license agreement are not allowed to remain closed without securing necessary permissions from the gambling regulator.
The gambling regulator has also said that they cannot guarantee the safety of the casino workers and visitors, as such, they have the call to remain open or shut down.
The protests which have taken shape of civil unrest in Chile have already taken 20 lives with over 2,500 injured. The police have also arrested 2,840 people in connection with rioting.
Protests against the rise in subway fares in the capital city Santiago triggered a countrywide protest which soon turned into civil unrest. Reportedly about 81 stations were vandalized, with 17 burned to the ground. The government had to deploy the army to bring the situation under control.
Chile has a developed casino gambling industry. There are seven city-owned casinos and 18 private gambling venues. The casinos in the country were allowed after the 2005 casino expansion legislation.