South Korea’s casino operators remain to take a very different plan in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
foreigner-only casino operator Paradise Co Ltd announced on Monday (20 April) that they will reopening its three gaming venues in Incheon, Seoul and Busan after weeks of closure. The news follows the reopening of Paradise’s casino on Jeju Island one week ago.
However, as Paradise was firing off its starter’s pistol, rival Grand Korea Leisure (GKL) was announcing yet another extension of the closure of its three foreigner-only casinos. The new hopeful reopening date is May 6, which would mark seven weeks since GKL’s three Seven Luck-branded casinos originally shut their doors.
Similarly, South Korea’s largest casino Kangwon Land, which shut its doors on February 23, announced last Friday that it was extending its closure until Monday, May 4 at 6am.
South Korea’s efforts to reduce COVID-19 spread – including hundreds of testing facilities, contact tracing of infected individuals and, unlike some countries, an apparent respect for science – appear to be having the intended impact.