The promoter of the Okada Manila casino resort in the Philippine capital has implemented “additional precautionary measures” on its gaming floor, as part of efforts to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Preventive measures are additionally being applied to the entire property.
The statement from Okada Manila came on the same day that the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte announced that the capital region would be on a lockdown for a month to help contain the outbreak of the new coronavirus associated with Covid-19, which was classified as a pandemic on Wednesday, 11 March by the World Health Organization.
After his speech, the country’s Department of Health announced that three more people had died because of Covid-19, taking the total to five out of the 52 confirmed cases in the Philippines.
Okada Manila said it would be introducing several precautionary measures at its gaming floor. They included: a “no-standing and four players only” rule at all gaming tables; a “one seat apart” policy for slot machines; and sanitising of surfaces on electronic gaming machines every two hours. Other measures that had already been implemented included body temperature checks at all entry points of the property, and frequent disinfection of all areas of the complex.
Okada Manila’s senior vice-president for premium marketing, Shirley Tam, was quoted in the release as saying that the measures were meant to allow the property’s patrons to “play and be safe from the virus at the same time.”
The statement also quoted Okada Manila’s chief operations officer Byron Yip as saying: “The safety and well-being of our patrons is our topmost priority. This is why we are implementing these additional measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 to our integrated resort.”
Despite the health alert, February proved to be a strong month to Okada Manila, in terms of casino gross gaming revenue (GGR). Such GGR was nearly PHP3.29 billion (US$64.2 million), up 38.2 percent from February 2019.
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