Coronavirus live updates: Japan lifts state of emergency in remaining prefectures

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25 May, 2020 – Japan lifts state of emergency in remaining prefectures

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has put an end to the country’s state of emergency, lifting the order for Tokyo and its surrounding areas and Hokkaido on Monday.

At least two hundred staff in New Zealand’s off-track betting agency the TAB will lose their jobs due to a sharp downturn in racing and betting.

21 May, 2020 – State of emergency to be lifted on Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to make a decision on whether to lift a state of emergency on Osaka, Kyoto, and Hyogo today, as coronavirus cases in the three prefectures remain low.

20 May, 2020 – Las Vegas operators offer testing ahead of openings

Casino operators in Las Vegas have banded together to offer Covid-19 testing for employees prior to their return to work, which is expected to be over the next few weeks.

Health Bureau Director Lei Chin Ion stated on Tuesday that the risk of Covid-19 infection in Macau now was “very low.”

18 May, 2020 – No timeline for re-entry of blue cardholders

Macau’s authorities are continuing to bar the entry of non-resident workers into Macau, amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Thai government has extended its ban on passenger flights for another month to June 30, in continued efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, according to the country’s aviation authority.

15 May,  2020 – Japan lifts state of emergency for most of the country

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Thursday evening that the Covid-19 state of emergency has been lifted for 39 of Japan’s 47 prefectures.

The government of Laos has lifted travel restrictions which will allow people to travel freely around the country, though entertainment venues including casinos will remain closed until June 1

13 May,  2020 – Philippines extends lockdown on Metro Manila to end of May

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has extended the Covid-19 lockdown in Metro Manila until the end of May, along with Cebu City and Laguna province.

11 May, 2020 – Australia aims to reopen the economy by July

The Australian government has announced a three-phase plan to fully reopen its economy by July.

8 May, 2020 – New Zealand could relax restrictions from next week

New Zealand could relax its restrictions against travel and get-togethers as early as next Monday, providing some relief for tourism, bars, retailers, and entertainment operators.

Mainland Chinese are still keen to travel despite the Covid-19 pandemic and Macau and Vietnam are likely to be the first destinations to benefit once travel restrictions are lifted and flights resume, say experts.

7 May, 2020 – Grand Korea Leisure reopens for business

Grand Korea Leisure, which suspended operations of its casinos on March 24, reopens for business.

28 April, 2020 – Travel restrictions to loosen in late May: Bernstein

Bernstein analysts are expecting a pick up in GGR in May or June, with travel limitations between Macau, Hong Kong and China beginning to ease over next few weeks.

27 April, 2020 – Duterte extends coronavirus lockdown to mid-May

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday announced an extension of the lockdown on metropolitan Manila and parts of Luzon until May 15.

New Zealand will be adjusting to a level three lockdown as of Monday, but faces major issues in its tourism, hospitality and aviation industries, which are reflected in falling business confidence, rising unemployment and declining share prices of listed companies.

24 April, 2020 – Covid-19 accelerates decline of the pachinko industry

We’ve previously noted that the shift away from brick-and-mortar facilities and toward digital online gaming is one of the trends now being accelerated by the global Covid-19 crisis, but it would seem that the decline of Japan’s venerable pachinko industry may be another.

The impact of the coronavirus on the industry in Asia has been unprecedented and the pace of reopenings and return of demand remains “vague and uncertain to say the least,” Union Gaming wrote in a note.

22 April, 2020 – Singapore extends lockdown to June 1

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has extended a partial lockdown across the city-state until June 1 to curb the recent rise in coronavirus cases.

Donaco International confirmed on Tuesday a further seven-day extension of the temporary closure of its casino operations at the Aristo International Hotel in Lao Cai, Vietnam.

21 April, 2020 – Duterte considers loosening Luzon lockdown

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday met with health experts and former officials from the Department of Health to receive “critical information” that will help him decide whether to cease the Luzon lockdown or ease it in order to begin business recovery, local media reports.

New Zealand’s strict lockdown has been extended but will end at midnight next Monday, the government announced on Monday.

20 April, 2020 – New Zealand mulls lessening lockdown restrictions

In New Zealand, the government is set to announce this afternoon whether the country will come out of a strict Level Four lockdown.

South Koreans have been returning to work and play as the country slowly relaxes social distancing rules amid a sharp drop in coronavirus cases, though experts warn against complacency.

17 April, 2020 – Japan “state of emergency” extended nationwide

Japan’s “state of emergency” declaration over Covid-19, applicable to only 7 of Japan’s 47 prefectures in its original form, will now be extended across the entire nation.

Kangwon Land, Korea’s only casino open to the local people, has announced that it will extend its Covid-19 closure yet again, this time until May 4 at 6 am.

Crown Resorts has announced that it is standing down approximately 95 percent of its workforce during the Covid-19 business suspension period, a process which is now “substantially complete.”

The Star Entertainment Group, required by the Australian government to suspend its operations since March 23, has provided an update of its activities, including an estimate of its cash burn during the enforced shutdown.

Amid growing speculation, the organizers of G2E Asia announced on Friday that the major gaming trade show in Macau would be delayed until December 1 to 3.

15 April, 2020 – India extends nationwide lockdown to May 3

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended India’s coronavirus lockdown until at least May 3, as the country confirms 10,363 cases as of Monday.

Scientific Games’ cost-saving measures are expected to save around $100 million in the second quarter of the year, which it says will assure a strong liquidity position.

13 April, 2020 – IPI going lean to survive COVID-19 downturn

Imperial Pacific International has cited the need for a more efficient and effective organization in order to endure the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

9 April, 2020 – Macau government reveals specifics of Covid-19 economic support plan

Macau Secretary for Economy and Finance Lei Wai Nong revealed some of the specific measures included in the territory’s MOP10 billion (US$1.3 billion) Covid-19 economic relief fund for businesses and individuals.

In a rare occurrence, Genting Malaysia Bhd in its latest annual report said it is not prudent at this juncture to issue any statement on the group’s prospects given the unprecedented times of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phase 1 of the COVID-19 emergency facility at the Rizal Memorial Sport Complex (RMSC) has been completed and is ready to be used.

8 April, 2020 – Japan enforces “state of emergency” closures in seven urban prefectures

The Shinzo Abe government has ordered Covid-19 related state of emergency closures in seven prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka, which also applies to gaming industries such as pachinko.

SkyCity Entertainment, New Zealand’s only listed casino operator, is likely to post a loss in the first half of fiscal 2021 as the Covid-19 pandemic hits, the country’s largest brokerage firm said.

Wynn Macau said it expects a drop of as much as 44 percent in Q1 operating revenue due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and expects to continue experiencing cash burn.

Royal Caribbean, Carnival Corp. and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings all have a low risk of bankruptcy despite the crisis prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic, analysts at Nomura wrote in a note.

The Shinzo Abe government has ordered Covid-19 related state of emergency closures in seven prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka, which also applies to gaming industries such as pachinko.

7 April, 2020 – Russia casinos extend lockdown indefinitely

The casinos in Russia’s Primorye and Siberia zones have extended their operational suspensions for an indefinite period of time amid the Covid-19 outbreak.Philippine

President Rodrigo Duterte agrees to extend a lockdown on the island of Luzon, which includes the Metro Manila region, through to April 30.

6 April, 2020 – Singapore IRs suspending operations until May 4

Both Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa have announced they will be suspending operations until May 4 as a Covid-19 countermeasure. These closures are being made in line with a government order that aside from “essential businesses” other operations should be suspended as of April 7.

All public transportation links between Macau and Hong Kong are now severed as the bus service over Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge has been ordered to suspend operations.

3 April, 2020 – SkyCity lays off 200, Paradise revenue plunges

SkyCity Entertainment Group said it was laying off 200 of its New Zealand employees immediately, and making clear that it foresaw serious long-term consequences from the current Covid-19 crisis, including a future as “a smaller, domestically focused business.”

South Korea’s Paradise Co. has reported a sharp decline in its March casino revenues by 60.5 percent on a year-on-year basis.

In New Zealand a body distributing tens of millions of dollars of profits from gaming machines in pubs and clubs has stopped giving grants because it hasn’t got any income.

IGT said it was standing down 2,300 workers in North America as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kangwon Land, the only casino in South Korea to allow locals to gamble, has again extended the closure of the property, this time until April 20th.

Macau’s Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lei Wai Nong, has said so far gaming operators are not laying off staff and the government hoped to ask for the lifting of the individual visit scheme once the Covid-19 situation stabilizes.

2 April, 2020 – Crown, Macau operators in good financial shape

Macau’s six operators have enough liquidity for the next six months before they are likely to need to draw on debt financing, Bernstein Research reported.

Australian operator Crown Resorts is in a position to weather the storm created by the coronavirus crisis, due to its low debt and variable cost structure, according to Fitch Ratings.

1 April, 2020 – Macau GGR collapses, Donaco warns on impact

Australia-listed Donaco International has warned that the closure of its casinos in Vietnam and Cambodia will have a “material impact” on its business.

Macau’s gross gambling revenue tumbled 80 percent in March, in line with expectations, with April likely to see an even greater drop due to tighter travel restrictions.

31 March, 2020 – Vietnam, Russia close, SG announces cuts

Vietnam’s Prime Minister has warned major cities to prepare for a lockdown as it seeks to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Lotto NZ said it’s suspending retail sales and will carry out all its operations online during the lockdown due to Covid-19.

With Moscow and other Russian regions gradually imposing a lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak, casinos across all Russian gambling zones have suspended operations.

Scientific Games is instituting a number of cost-savings measures to ensure stability for its team members and protect the operations of the company.

30 Mar, 2020 – Cambodia closes, Macau forecast cut

Australia’s Aquis Entertainment said it was standing down 90 percent of its staff and executives are taking a pay cut after the closure of its Casino Canberra property as a result of the coronavirus.

The declining trend in Macau’s gross gambling revenue is unlikely to stop before October, according to analysts at Morgan Stanley, who have cut their estimates for the year. The firm now expects GGR to drop by 35 percent this year, down from its earlier estimate for a decrease of 16 percent. It sees a 40 percent rebound next year, compared with its earlier forecast for a 20 percent gain.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered the closure of all casinos in the country to halt the spread of the coronavirus and said the Finance Ministry will work with the operators on tax exemptions during the time they are closed.

The average occupancy rate of guest rooms in Macau fell by 76.9 percent in February, due mainly to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to statistics from the Macau government.

MGM Resorts International says it is implementing aggressive cost-saving initiatives to weather the COVID-19 crisis, after its properties across the United States were closed.

29 March, 2020 – Tigre de Cristal closes, Hoiana debut postponed

Summit Ascent announced to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Friday that it was suspending its gaming operations at Tigre de Cristal in Primorye and would offer only limited hotel services.

Suncity Group released its full-year 2019 financial results, recording lower total revenues and expanded losses as compared to the previous year and said it was postponing the opening of its Hoiana resort to 2021.

Genting Hong Kong, as part of its full year 2019, financial report, projected that the sectors it focuses on would suffer a “major setback” as a result of Covid-19.

27 March 2020 – Fitch downgrades MGM, Korea casinos assess losses

Fitch Ratings has downgraded MGM Resorts International’s and MGM China Holdings’ issuer default ratings as well as their unsecured debt due to “decreased financial flexibility following the recent sale-leaseback transactions as well as the severe disruption to global gaming caused by the coronavirus outbreak.”

With the decision to suspend business operations until April 6, some South Korean operators have begun to release estimates of the losses they are facing as a result.

26 March – Singapore tightens entry, ASEAN postponed

Singapore’s two integrated resorts have restricted public access to the casinos to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Asia Gaming Brief, organizers of the ASEAN Gaming Summit 2020, have announced the postponement of its Manila event to 22-23 September 2020.

In New Zealand the government has declared a state of national emergency which with their other legislative powers effectively enables them to run a police state to enforce the nationwide lockdown which started at midnight last night.

TCSJOHNHUXLEY has appealed to its fellow G2E Asia 2020 exhibitors, calling for them to stand together and advocate for the show to be postponed to the fourth quarter of 2020.

25 March, 2020 – Star stands down staff, Wynn execs. forego pay

The Star Entertainment Group, forced by government Covid-19 directives to cease gaming, banquet, and F&B operations in Sydney, Gold Coast, and Brisbane, leaving only limited hotel services, has announced that it was standing down about 90% of its workforce.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike announced on Wednesday night a series of measures that amounted to a soft lockdown of the Tokyo Metropolitan District.

Wynn Resorts’ top executives have agreed to take a 33-100 percent salary cut for the remainder of 2020, as part of its strategic plan to navigate the difficult financial conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

SPiCE India, a gaming conference focused on India, has been rescheduled to August 26-28, 2020.

24 Mar, 2020 – Macau tightens border controls

Macau has further tightened its border controls, imposing a ban on entry for citizens of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China if they have travelled to a foreign country in the past 14 days. Residents of the three locations are able to enter Macau if they haven’t been overseas, but will need to go into a compulsory 14-day quarantine in a designated hotel.

24 Mar, 2020 – Clarion postpones ICE NA

Clarion Gaming said it has postponed ICE North America, which was due to take place on May 13-14, due to the coronavirus. The event will be held in spring 2021, with the date to be announced shortly. 

24 Mar, 2020 – New Zealand enters complete lockdown

New Zealand will go into complete lockdown, except for essential services, from midnight Wednesday.

24 Mar, 2020 – Tokyo Olympics to be postponed by one year

The 2020 Olympic Games will be postponed by one year, said a member of the International Olympic Committee Dick Pound.

23 Mar, 2020 – Australian casinos confirm closures

In line with government orders, the various casino operators of Australia confirmed the suspension of their operations on Monday.

23 Mar, 2020 – Silver Heritage shuts down its two casinos in Nepal

Australian-listed Silver Heritage Group announced on Monday that its two casinos in Nepal would be temporarily shut down in accordance with government guidance forbidding gatherings of 25 or more people.

23 Mar, 2020 – South Korean casinos to suspend operations 

All of South Korea’s major casino firms have now announced suspensions of operations as a measure to combat the spread of Covid-19.

23 Mar, 2020 – Euro 2020 postponed by twelve months

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has announced the postponement of EUFA EURO 2020, which was due to be played in June and July this year.

23 Mar, 2020  – Nepal hotels to shut down

Due to the lack of business and fears of a coronavirus outbreak, hotels across Nepal have decided to shut down their operations until the situation improves, local media reports.

20 Mar, 2020 – New Zealand shuts borders, all tourists locked out

New Zealand has closed its borders to all nations. The last flights from international destinations have already arrived.

19 Mar, 2020 – POGOs also shuttered during Covid-19 lockdown

Philippine authorities have made clear that the Covid-19 lockdown also includes Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs), which will not be allowed to operate during this period.

19 Mar, 2020 – Two casinos remain closed in Macau as grace period ends

At the end of the 30-day grace period for Macau’s casinos to reopen, the government has announced that two properties will remain closed and that about 80 percent of the table capacity is now operational.

19 Mar, 2020 – Sikkim goes under lockdown and shuts casinos

Not only Goa, but also the state of Sikkim, the small, mountainous Indian state wedged between Nepal and Bhutan, has gone under Covid-19 lockdown, including the closure of all casinos.

19 Mar, 2020 – Melco shutters Cyprus casinos

Melco Resorts & Entertainment-backed Cyprus Casinos is closing down its five properties on the Mediterranean island for a month to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

18 Mar, 2020 – PAGCOR orders nationwide gaming suspension

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has ordered an extension of the Manila gaming suspension to be applied nationwide.

17 Mar, 2020 – Macau closes borders after new infections

Macau closed its borders to all non-residents as of midnight on March 18, with the exception of blue-card holders and residents from greater China, after another case of imported Covid-19.

16 Mar, 2020 – Imperial Pacific announces temporary casino closure

Imperial Pacific International, which operates the only casino on the island of Saipan, has reportedly announced the temporary shutdown of its property from 12 a.m. on Tuesday.

16 Mar, 2020 – Mumbai horse racing suspended over Covid-19 concerns

The Royal Western India Turf Club in Mumbai cancelled this past Sunday’s scheduled races and have suspended for an undetermined period of time.

16 Mar, 2020 – Goa shuts down all casinos until the end of March

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has ordered that all of the state’s casinos be shut down through the end of March as a measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

13 Mar, 2020 – Casino closures begin in U.S.

Multiple casinos across the U.S. have announced they are temporarily closing due to the coronavirus, with properties in Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania all shuttering their operations.

13 Mar, 2020 – PAGCOR suspends gaming operations in Manila

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) said it was suspending all gaming operations in Manila following President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to put Metro Manila under community quarantine due to Covid-19.

12 Mar, 2020 – WHO declares coronavirus a global pandemic

The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, having spread to more than 121,000 people from Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

“We’re deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

9 Mar, 2020 – Macau imposes quarantine on travelers from Japan and Korea

The government of Macau has announced its intention to extend its 14-day Covid-19 quarantine policy to a number of additional countries. The quarantine will now encompass travelers from South Korea, Italy, Iran, Germany, France, Spain, and Japan.

The government of Macau has announced its intention to extend its 14-day Covid-19 quarantine policy to a number of additional countries. The quarantine will now encompass travelers from South Korea, Italy, Iran, Germany, France, Spain, and Japan.

5 Mar, 2020 – Japan imposes quarantine on travelers from China, South Korea

Japan has imposed a 14-day quarantine to all travelers from Greater China countries, including Macau, Hong Kong, and Mainland China amid the coronavirus outbreak. The quarantine is set to come into place on Monday 9th March, and effective until the end of March.

28 Feb, 2020 – Macau entertainment venues to return March 2

While the government-mandated suspension on casinos were lifted on February 20, other entertainment venues in Macau such as cinemas, gyms, nightclubs, karaoke bars, massage parlors, beauty salons, and spas have remained under the ban. The authorities have now judged, however, that the threat of Covid-19 infection has now receded to the point that these facilities may reopen as of midnight on March 2.

28 Feb, 2020 – HK, Japan, and Korea ban public from race meetings

Japan’s racing authorities have barred spectators from its race meetings immediately in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus. JRA’s decision comes after similar moves were made by the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC). It is understood that South Korea has also halted racing events altogether until at least March 8, when the situation will be reassessed.

26 Feb, 2020 – Travellers from South Korea to undergo a 14-day quarantine 

The MSAR government had imposed a 14-day quarantine for any individuals traveling from South Korea. The costs of quarantine in designated hotels will be borne by the individuals themselves.

20 Feb, 2020 – Almost a third of Macau casinos to remain closed

A total of twelve Macau casinos, nearly a third of the territory’s 41 venues, have opted not to open today, according to Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) Director Paulo Martins Chan.

19 Feb, 2020 – Macau casinos permitted to reopen on Thursday

The government of Macau has opted not to extend the 15-day order that all of the territory’s 41 casinos remain closed, paving the way for a return to business on Thursday.

19 Feb, 2020- DICJ issues regulations to prevent Covid-19 infection

The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) met with representatives of all six concessionaires on Tuesday and laid out a series of strengthened regulations to prevent Covid-19 infection among casino patrons and staff.

Previous measures to be reinstituted include the measuring of body temperature for all visitors and workers at the casinos, at each of the territory’s 405 entries and exits for customers and 47 for workers, as well as the requirement that all customers and staff wear facemasks.

New measures include the requirements that gaming tables must be placed a safe distance apart, and no more than half of the tables in a given space may be in operation. Customers must also not be placed next to one another, meaning that, for example, only three or four people will be allowed to bet simultaneously at a seven-person table.

17 Feb, 2020 – Singapore IRs step up virus prevention measures

Singapore’s two integrated resorts have stepped up precautionary measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus, whilst rolling out promotions to draw more local visitors.

12 Feb, 2020 – Too early to know if the peak is near: WHO

Health officials on Wednesday said it is too soon to tell if the coronavirus is showing signs of slowing. “This outbreak could still go in any direction,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization director-general, said at a press conference.

11 Feb, 2020 – Coronavirus renamed to COVID-19

World Health Organization (WHO) renames Coronavirus to COVID-19. CO stands for corona, VI for virus, and D for disease, and 19 is for the year it was first discovered, explained WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a press conference in Geneva.

9 Feb, 2020 – Coronavirus deaths surpass SARS 

At least 813 people are reported to have died from the disease, most of them in mainland China, according to official data released on Sunday.

8 Feb, 2020 – Hong Kong imposes quarantine measures for Mainland arrivals

The Hong Kong government has announced that visitors crossing the border from mainland China will have to enter mandatory quarantine for 14 days, starting Saturday 8th Feb.

7 Feb, 2020 – HK, Macau residents to face strict entry rules from Taiwan

Taiwan has suspended the issuance of entry permits on arrival and online processing of entry permits for Hong Kong and Macau residents.

6 Feb, 2020 – Macau hotels begin to suspend operations

With the mandated two-week closure of all casinos and a dramatic drop-off in visitors to the territory, a number of hotels in Macau are beginning to suspend operations

4 Feb, 2020 – Macau government orders two-week closure of all casinos

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng has announced that all 41 of the territory’s casinos must be shut for a period of at least two weeks as a measure to prevent the further spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus.

4 Feb, 2020 – Hong Kong confirms first death, a 39-year-old man from Whampoa Garden

A 39-year-old man has become the first person to die in Hong Kong after being diagnosed with the coronavirus. The man died on Tuesday morning after his condition deteriorated – he died of heart failure. It is understood the man had a “long-term illness and is known to have a cardiac arrest”. It is also understood he is the 13th confirmed case in Hong Kong, and was diagnosed on Jan 31.

4 Feb, 2020 – 17,391 confirmed cases of 2019-nCOV, and 362 deaths

According to the Australian Government Department of Health, as of 4th February morning, internationally, there are approximately 17,391 confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV, and 362 deaths have been reported – a 2.08 percent fatality rate.

3 Feb, 2020 – Hong Kong closes major border crossings 

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam on Monday announced the closure of a number of border crossings with China, with exception of the Shenzhen Bay joint checkpoint, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, and the Hong Kong International Airport.

3 Feb, 2020 – US temporarily denies entry of foreign nationals who have traveled from China

The United States has begun implementing stringent travel restrictions Sunday evening, which includes the temporary denial of all foreign nationals who have visited China in the last 14 days prior to their arrival to the United States.

3 Feb, 2020 – POGO to implement measures against viral outbreak

Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) have agreed to implement measures against the coronavirus after the country’s first death from the viral disease on Saturday. This includes mainly information and education on the disease and its prevention.

2 Feb, 2020 – Philippines issues temporary travel ban for visitors from China, and SARS

President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a temporary travel ban on visitors from China, Hong Kong, and Macau, to curb the spread of the coronavirus, after the first death in the country was reported on Feb 1.

1 Feb, 2020 – Macau casinos order all customers to wear masks 

Macau gaming operators are now requiring all guests entering the city’s casinos to wear protective face masks – effective February 1. DICJ said that guests that do not comply with the measure would be asked to leave the gaming floor.

28 January, 2020 – PAGCOR to support anti-pandemic measures

PAGCOR has issued a memorandum to all POGO and service providers, ordering them to exercise extreme caution in selecting employees to be sent to the Philippines. Another Order has been issued to impose a 10-day quarantine on all newly hired and returning employees from countries with coronavirus cases.

23 January, 2020 – CNY celebrations canceled over coronavirus 

The Macau government has canceled all public celebrations of Chinese New Year (CNY) in Macau in an effort to curb the contagion. The government has also ordered temperature checks to be conducted at all border crossings, and entrances to government buildings and casinos.

22 January, 2020 – Macau confirms first case, orders casino staff to wear masks

Macau has confirmed its first case of Wuhan coronavirus-linked pneumonia, in spite of the efforts of authorities to keep the infection out of the international gaming hub. The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) has asked its local gaming operators to reinforce preventive measures in their casinos, including the wearing of masks by all casino staff.