Authorities in Cambodia have ordered all casinos in the country to cease operations effective Wednesday evening. The closure is part of several measures enacted in the country to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Details of the Closure:
Prime Minister Hun Sen stated in a press conference on Monday that he had issued an order for closure from 23.59pm April 1st onwards. The closure is temporary, and the venues will be allowed to get back to work once the situation stabilizes. The finance minister of the country will be working with casinos on tax exemption options while venues are closed.
According to GGRAsia…
The Minister of Health in Cambodia has reported that as of Monday, a total of 107 cases of people with the virus have been found in the region. One of four new cases reported was an employee of a casino and karaoke club.
Last week, restaurants and bars in Cambodia were closed with the government placing a restriction on entry visas for foreigners.
GGRAsia was told by a source that NagaWorld, a venue in the region, would be closing in compliance with the government’s instruction. However, the hotel operations of the resort would continue. Before the gaming closure was announced, NagaWorld was reportedly practicing safety measures including requiring patrons to keep a distance from others.
The closure of casinos in Cambodia comes at a time when gaming venues around the world are shutting down due to the coronavirus. Gaming jurisdictions in the Philippines, Malaysia, and South Korea are temporarily closed. In Macau, venues began shutting their doors in mid-February.
In the United States, all commercial gaming venues are shutdown. Tribal casinos are following suit as the number of individuals affected by the coronavirus continues to increase daily.