The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has issued a memorandum to Bingo, E-Games and Poker operators on Friday, requiring venues to adhere to health and safety standards ahead of reopening.
“As the lifting of temporary suspension of gaming operations as a whole or in specific areas may be announced at any moment by the Board of Directors on the basis of quarantine qualifications and recommendations… an operator is expected to prepare its gaming site/s and comply with the formulation and submission of its “Strategic Guidelines,” said Pagcor in a message to operators on Friday.
The Strategic Guidelines refer to Health and Safety Standards for Resumption of Operations of Gaming Sites, and Guidelines for Gaming Site Operators to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
PAGCOR said that any operator looking to reopen will be required to submit its “Strategic Guidelines” to the Gaming Licensing and Development Department (GLDD) at least five working days before the target reopening date.
If the operators “Strategic Guidelines” are evaluated as sufficient, the GLDD will issue a Notice to Commence to the concerned operator.
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