In South Korea and the operator behind the Kangwon Land Casino has reportedly announced that the venue will be partially re-opened from tomorrow after being temporarily shuttered on February 23 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a report from Inside Asian Gaming, the revelation from Kangwon Land Incorporated came after South Korea recorded just 13 new cases of the coronavirus ailment for the three days from Sunday with every one of these having arisen in patients who had travelled into the country from abroad.
Located in rural Gangwon Province approximately 93 miles from Seoul, Kangwon Land Casino is the only venue that allows locals to gamble and it was shut some eleven weeks ago after South Korea chalked up 574 coronavirus-related deaths in the eight days from February 15.
Inside Asian Gaming reported that Kangwon Land Incorporated used an official Thursday filing to declare that the temporary closure of its sole gambling property is expected to have cost it approximately $218.83 million with the re-opening set to come some 19 days after local commercial rival Paradise Company Limited revived operations across its own estate of four foreigner-only casinos.
In related news, GGRAsia used its own report to detail that South Korean casino operator Grand Korea Leisure Company Limited re-opened its trio of foreigner-only Seven Luck Casino-branded venues yesterday after mothballing operations on March 24 due to the coronavirus contagion.
Seoul-headquartered Grand Korea Leisure Company Limited is a subsidiary of the Korea Tourism Organization, which is affiliated with the nation’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and the re-opening of its casinos reportedly comes as the country begins to ease a range of social distancing measures that have been in place since the first weeks of March.