The three-day closure of Paradise City’s casino as a result of a Covid-19 infection of a staff member has been extended until at least September 7 as three more employees have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The three additional cases were discovered through testing on Wednesday and complicate the company’s plan to institute thorough disinfection measures and then quickly reopen.
While it appears that the hotel and resort areas might reopen this afternoon as planned, the latest news can be expected to drive many potential customers away from the facility.
Two of those infected are Chinese nationals working as chefs in a Chinese restaurant, while the other two appear to be Koreans, a staff member of the restaurant and a hotel secretary.
The Chinese restaurant where the cluster has been found is expected to remain closed for at least two weeks.
This Dossier results from the “Life After POGOs” editorial project by Asia Gaming Brief which culminated with a pop-up digital forum on 9th December to discuss potentials ramifications in the industry.
Tomakomai Mayor Hirofumi Iwakura has again pressed the Hokkaido prefectural authorities led by Governor Naomichi Suzuki to rejoin the IR race in the current cycle, arguing that the nine-month delay in the national licensing timeline provides adequate opportunity to resolve environmental and other concerns.
Over the years, many of the answers have been remarkably prescient in their forecasts for the near-term direction of Asia’s gaming industry. However, we can safely say that no one came anywhere close to guessing
what 2020 may have had in store.
While nowhere in the world has escaped the economic fallout from the Covid-19 crisis, Macau has been hit harder than most, with forecasts for gross domestic product to shrink more than 50 percent this year.