Asian casino operator Genting Malaysia Berhad has reportedly announced that it will be partially resuming gambling entertainment within its Resorts World Genting development from tomorrow following an over 13-week coronavirus-related shutdown.

According to a report from GGRAsia, the Kuala Lumpur-listed firm detailed that members of its Genting Rewards loyalty scheme will be able to gamble inside the sprawling Malaysian facility’s Genting Club and SkyCasino from ten o’clock in the morning on June 19 although it is to place limits on the number of patrons simultaneously allowed to sit at any one gaming table.

Progressed protections:

Genting Malaysia Berhad, which is also responsible for gambling-friendly properties in the United States, Egypt, the Bahamas and the United Kingdom, reportedly explained that the venue’s partially re-opened casinos are to feature fewer slots so as to help players respect social distancing protocols. The operator purportedly declared that Resorts World Genting is to moreover have ‘enhanced safety measures in place to ensure the health and safety of all guests and employees’ and will be monitoring player numbers in order to avoid overcrowding.

Reportedly read a statement from Genting Malaysia Berhad…

“The resort will re-open with selected attractions, hotels and dining outlets. Due to limited capacity, entry into SkyCasino at SkyAvenue and Genting Club at Genting Grand Hotel will be for Genting Rewards members only. Public entry into the casino will resume as soon as possible.”

Coronavirus concern:

GGRAsia reported that Resorts World Genting, which is located approximately 37 miles north of downtown Kuala Lumpur, was temporarily shuttered on March 18 as the number of locals infected with the highly-contagious coronavirus strain reached 790. The source pronounced that this tally has since topped 8,500 for 121 deaths although 7,873 of those struck down have since been classified as recovered.

Tracking task:

The Malaysian operator reportedly noted that it will be resuming cable car and bus services to Resorts World Genting from tomorrow and is to furthermore require all visitors to scan an existing smartphone-enabled QR code for the purposes of contact tracing.

Genting Malaysia Berhad’s statement reportedly read…

“We have increased the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing of gaming equipment and machines. All banknotes are sterilized and gaming chips are disinfected with advanced anti-microbial coating technology.”

Financial fallout:

Genting Malaysia Berhad, which is additionally responsible for its home nation’s non-casino Resorts World Langkawi and Resorts World Kijal facilities, reported a first-quarter net loss of almost $98 million due in large part to the coronavirus-related shuttering of its venues. Associated safety fears were purportedly said to have subsequently prompted the firm to delay the planned opening of Resorts World Genting’s outdoor theme park by a further twelve months to sometime in the final three months of next year.