The four foreigner-only casinos located in and around the South Korean capital of Seoul are reportedly set to remain closed for at least another two weeks after local authorities extended a range of strict coronavirus-related social distancing measures.
According to a report from Inside Asian Gaming, the decision means that the Seven Luck Casino-branded venues run by Grand Korea Leisure Company Limited inside the Millennium Hilton Seoul and Intercontinental Seoul Coex hotels are to now remain shuttered until at least January 17. The source detailed that the move also impacts the small casino operated by Paradise Company Limited within the nearby Grand Walkerhill Seoul alongside gambling at this firm’s impressive 10.6-acre Paradise City development.
The four venues were reportedly ordered to close from November 24 after the region of some 25.7 million inhabitants was placed under stringent ‘Level 2.5’ lockdown restrictions owing to a sharp rise in the of prevalence of coronavirus. These controls purportedly prohibit any more than four people from gathering in public while additionally requiring foreign tourists to have tested negative for the potentially-lethal contagion 72 hours before being allowed to enter South Korea.
For its part and GGRAsia reported that South Korea recorded 1,020 new coronavirus cases yesterday alone to take its tally since the start of the year to more than 64,000 for 962 related fatalities. This source furthermore explained that the country of approximately 51.7 million people has nevertheless allowed the ski resort at its prestigious Kangwon Land Casino to re-open despite health officials recently chronicling of ten cases of the more virulent strain of the contagion first logged in the United Kingdom late last month.