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Casino operators in Metro Manila closed

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Casino operators in Metro Manila closed

All gaming operations in Metro Manila have been suspended with immediate effect, said on Sunday the Philippine casino regulator in a statement.

The decision was said to be part of the national government’s efforts to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the country, said the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor).

In line with the instruction of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to put Metro Manila under community quarantine to prevent the further spread of Covid-19, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp is suspending all gaming operations effective immediately.

The gaming regulator said the suspension applied to land-based casinos, both Pagcor-owned and operated facilities as well as all licensed casinos, including those inside integrated resorts. The closure also applies to electronic games parlours, bingo (traditional and electronic), sports betting, poker and slot machine clubs. Such suspension “will last for the duration of the national capital region community quarantine imposed by the government.

The document noted that the hotels at casino resorts could remain in operation, as well as the restaurants and food outlets within those complexes. Such venues however “are discouraged from hosting large functions and events,” said Pagcor.

Pagcor said that gaming venues that it operates outside of Metro Manila would for now remain open. Such operations however would be suspended if a local government declares community quarantine.

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