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Macau Casino resume operations

Four more casinos in Macau have resumed operations as of Friday 28 Feb, meaning only two of the city’s 39 active casinos were yet to reopen as of that day.

The casino at Rio Hotel – under the licence of Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd – restarted business on Tuesday, said the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau, also known as DICJ.

The Jai Alai – Oceanus casino complex, and Casino Eastern at the Grand Lapa Macau hotel, both gaming venues on the Macau peninsula under the licence of SJM Holdings Ltd, were also reopened, on respectively Thursday and the early hours of Friday (February 28).

Macau casino operator Sands China Ltd also restarted gaming at its Sands Cotai Central complex on Thursday, confirmed DICJ.

Based on information previously disclosed by the gaming regulator, two of the city’s gaming venues were yet to ask for permission to resume operations. They were Casino Taipa, at the Regency Art Hotel; and the Casino Macau Jockey Club (pictured in a file photo) in Taipa, located in the Macau Roosevelt Hotel – both venues under the licence of SJM Holdings.

The DICJ list of Macau casinos mentions two other gaming venues: Casino Macau Palace, and Casino Greek Mythology. But both had their operations suspended indefinitely for commercial reasons, prior to the coronavirus alert.

The remainder of Macau casinos – shuttered for 15 days to contain the spread locally of the Covid-19 disease linked to the novel coronavirus – started to reopen on February 20. The government gave operators the option however of applying for a grace period of up to 30 days before the relaunch.

Only 29 of the 39 active casinos in the city reopened after the stroke of midnight on February 20, with four additional venues resuming operations on February 24.

Resumption of gaming was however conditional on operators taking special precautions at the request of DICJ, in terms of density of seating for customers at gaming tables, and ensuring there was a certain minimum space between tables in use.

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