SÁB 28 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2020 - 07:30hs.
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Manila casinos granted permission to open at 30% capacity

Some Manila casinos have been granted permission to resume operations at 30% capacity. While there has been no official announcement by Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR, Melco International Development revealed in its 1H20 results announcement on Friday that it was “preparing for the resumption of its normal operations in accordance with the terms and conditions of this new guideline.”

Melco - the parent company of City of Dreams Manila operator Melco Resorts – said it had received the directive on 24 August allowing PAGCOR-licensed casinos in areas covered by General Community Quarantine to operate at 30% operational capacity.

In response to Inside Asian Gaming’s inquiries, PAGCOR said the 30% rule was an expansion of a recent “trial run” opportunity granted to IRs.

Integrated resorts and casinos which obtained permits from their respective local governments are allowed to open on trial run under the strictest health and safety protocols,” the regulator explained.

“Those located in areas under lockdown or enhanced community quarantine may not open. Operations are limited to a maximum of 30% capacity,” they explained.

PAGCOR added that the operations of individual casinos across the city may vary from day to day depending on the current local situation.

However, other Manila integrated resort operators contacted by Inside Asian Gaming confirmed they had been granted permission to reopen pending certain safety measures. The directive is effective immediately although operators IAG spoke to said they would need some time to ramp up operations.

Source: GMB / Inside Asian Gaming