The latest casino closure related to the coronavirus outbreak is the Resorts World Genting. The casino complex located in the Genting Highlands will be closed temporarily starting March 18th through the end of the month. An announcement was issued by the casino management on Tuesday.
Details of the Closure:
Several areas of the complex will be affected by the closure. According to the statement, the hotel, food and beverage options, the casino, entertainment venues, shopping malls, the Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park and attractions will be closed. The venue expects to be back in business by April 1st.
The announcement of the Resorts World Genting closure was made after the government of Malaysia decided to ban overseas individuals from coming into the country. They also closed schools and businesses. As of the first of the week, the country had 553 confirmed cases of the coronavirus infection. This is the largest outbreak of the virus in Southeast Asia.
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The statement also detailed that reservations for the casino hotel during the closed time period are canceled. Guests can be refunded or change the dates of the stay. The operator also stated the same policy applies to Resorts World Langkawi, Resorts World Awana and Resorts World Kijal, all of which are shut down as well.
Essential services for the resort will continue to operate, such as clinics, utilities, and security.
Shutdowns Around the World:
Around the globe, businesses including casinos, are shutting down due to the outbreak. In Las Vegas, MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts announced they are shutting down their properties, with MGM waiting until further notice while Wynn will reevaluate after two weeks.
The CDC is recommending that large gatherings of people be avoided as this is how the virus can spread. Individuals may be showing no signs of the virus but be a carrier that can affect the spread. The federal government stated yesterday that groups of 10 or more should be avoided.