Manila casino capacity increased to 50% as COVID-19 alert level dropped


Manila casinos are one of a range of sites allowed to operate at 50% capacity on Friday, November 5 after the Philippine government lowered the COVID-19 alert level from Level 3 to Level 2.

According to an announcement by presidential spokesman Harry Roque, the revised alert level will initially be in place until November 21 after approval by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) last Thursday, when it will be reassessed. . The classifications will then be assessed twice a month as the Philippines emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“From December 1, 2021, alert level assignments will be determined every 15th and 30th of the month,” Roque said.

“Escalations, on the other hand, can be done at any time in the middle of the implementation period, as needed, while de-escalations can only be done at the end of the 2-week evaluation period. “

The revised alert level for the National Capital Region (NCR) comes as new cases fell to 2,344 nationwide on Friday, from 27,887 on September 9.

Below Alert Level 2, some sites – including casinos, racetracks, cockfighting, lottery and betting shops, and other gaming establishments – may increase their capacity by 30% to 50% for fully vaccinated people or those under 18 years of age. to operate at 50% are MICE sites, theme parks, tourist attractions, recreation places, gymnasiums, theaters, bars, clubs and more, while outdoor sites can increase the capacity to 70 %.

Manila casinos had already been allowed to reopen to the public at 30% capacity on October 16, when the government reduced the NCR’s alert level from level 4 to level 3. Casinos had been closed since August 6. , although VIP guests were allowed in. from September 16.

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