Sihanoukville casinos given reopening green light

Sihanoukville

Casinos in Sihanoukville have been given a green light to reopen by the country’s health ministry as part of a phased reopening of the industry in the country and some are already back in business.

Casinos are being permitted to resume operations one province at a time to allow officials to monitor that Covid-19 is not being spread. The next province is expected to be allowed to open in September.

Two weeks ago, 21 of the casinos in the coastal town put in a request to open after Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were lifted. 

QueenCo casino resumed operations on Aug. 6th after a Health Ministry check and installation of Covid-19 protocols.

Flight links with China are also resuming, though only a few planes are landing a day. Prior to the crisis ten airlines operated out of Sihanoukville, flying to 18 Chinese cities.

All casinos had to suspend their operations since April 1 and although Prime Minister Hun Sen said the properties would be allowed to operate from July 3. NagaCorp’s Nagaworld was the first to open and Donaco International said it hopes to reopen its Star Vegas property in coming weeks.

The properties need an inspection from the Ministry of Health to ensure they have put adequate Covid-19 protections in place.