The Philippine gaming regulator said it had ordered the temporary suspension of many online gaming business and operation aimed at foreign customers as part of the country’s efforts to stop the further spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor) ordered to temporary suspension of business by Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) and related service providers on the country’s main island Luzon, “for the duration of the enhanced community quarantine imposed by the government, effective immediately”. Such quarantine is in effect until April 14, according to the authorities.
The regulator stated “the skeletal workforce” at POGO sites was “no longer allowed”. All POGO employees should “remain in their places of residence” and “no loitering or mass gatherings” would be allowed, said the announcement.
As for POGO operations outside Luzon, Pagcor advices operators and service providers to abide by the community quarantine measures that are being adopted by concerned local government units.
“While revenue generation is important in our operations, the health and well-being being of every Filipino is our immediate priority,” said Andrea Domingo, Pagcor chairman and chief executive.
Pagcor had earlier suspended all licensed bricks and mortar casino operations in the country.
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