Casino operations in Macau set to resume from 20 February

Casino operations in Macau set to resume from 20 February

Operations in casinos across Macau are set to continue from 20 February, after authorities imposed a two-week closure earlier this month due to fears over the coronavirus.

The 15-day suspension, which started on 5 February, will come to an end, with the region not reporting any new cases of the virus since 10 cases were originally confirmed.

Health officials said earlier on Monday casino operators have 30 days from re-opening to resume full business operations, but business is expected to be limited with strict controls on visitor entry still to be in place.

The coronavirus has infected more than 70,500 people across China, with close to 1,700 deaths reported in the Hubei province alone.

It’s been a tumultuous time for Macau casinos, with gambling revenue dropping to $2.76bn in January, down more than 11% year-on-year due to the outbreak, while Wynn Resorts estimates the virus will cost the company around $2.6m per day.

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