GGRAsia – Manila casino says still closed, level 4 lockdown until October 15


Manila casino says still closed, level 4 lockdown until October 15

An Entertainment City casino has confirmed that its gaming space will remain closed for the time being, coinciding with the Philippine government saying Metro Manila will continue under the strictest second level anti-Covid-19 alert until at least October 15 .

Solaire Resort and Casino (pictured), operated by Philippines-based Bloomberry Resorts Corp, said on its website that its “gambling activities were not operational during this period” and that it was “unable” to accept new hotel reservations.

Only the restaurants and shops of Solaire are open, and only those over 18 and under 66 are allowed to use them.

City of Dreams Manila, operated by a unit of Macau’s licensee Melco Resorts and Entertainment Ltd, issued a status update, stressing that stays are not permitted.

The update, however, pointed out that government guidelines and a security seal certification granted to City of Dreams Manila mean the resort’s restaurants can accommodate more diners.

The facility’s indoor dining rooms can use up to 30% of their capacity, but only for fully vaccinated clients, while the outdoor dining rooms can reach 40% of their capacity, regardless of the immunization status of the patients. users.

Philippine Commerce Secretary Ramon Lopez was quoted by the country’s media on Thursday as saying that the entire capital region would remain under “alert level 4” for at least two more weeks.

This is the second most stringent four-level alerting protocol introduced to monitor so-called “granular lockouts” in specific areas. It sets restrictions on certain activities in specific areas of Metro Manila, including casinos.

Under Alert Level 4, casinos, lottery and betting shops and other gaming venues must remain closed unless the green light is given either by the Interagency Working Group for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, or through the office of the president, Rodrigo. Duterte, as directed by the interagency working group.

Under “Alert Level 3”, casinos can operate at 30% of their site’s capacity. Up to 50% of the capacity is authorized under “alert level 2”. “Alert Level 1” would have the fewest restrictions, allowing casinos to operate at full capacity.

Instead of a general degradation of the lockdown for the whole of Metro Manila, the system provides for ‘granular lockdown measures’ in certain areas such as neighborhoods, streets or housing estates identified as high risk for Covid -19.

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