Macau – It has been announced today that the majority of casinos in Macau, a special administrative region on the western side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China, reopened on Thursday following the closure last month due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The closure was organised for safety reasons and amid low visitor numbers, despite the celebrations for Chinese Lunar New Year, due to the ongoing crisis of coronavirus; a deadly virus closely related to the SARS virus.
According to the director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau Paulo Martins Chan; there are currently ten casino establishments in Macau that have requested more time before re-opening, with the majority scheduled to reopen tomorrow.
Reportedly, the government has stated that it will not extend the casino closure, but said that the casinos were not obliged to reopen.
Among the establishments remaining closed are Altira Macau, a resort and casino located at Taipa operated by Melco Crown Entertainment, and Sands Cotai Central; a casino resort on the Cotai Strip owned by Las Vegas Sands Corporation.
Other venues that have requested to remain closed due to the risk of virus spreading and low activity include; Casino Taipa, Jai Alai and the Casino Macau Jockey Club; an organization providing horse racing and betting entertainment in Macau.
It has been reported that the special administrative region will adopt a phased re-opening of gambling establishments, starting at midnight (China Standard Time).
The move is the latest in measures set out by the nation’s officials in response to the coronavirus outbreak, which has reportedly killed more than two-thousand people in China and more than seventy-thousand confirmed cases of infection.