Cambodian casino operator NagaCorp all set to partially reopen flagship Phnom Penh gaming venue
NagaCorp, the largest casino operator in Cambodia, has announced its plans to partially reopen its Phnom Penh-based flagship gaming venue NagaWorld this Wednesday (July 8th) following months-long corona virus pandemic-led shutdown.
According to a statement released by the casino operator, an agreement related to partially reopen the Phnom Penh property was signed with the government on 30th of June, four days earlier than the government’s official announcement regarding its decision to allow the country’s casinos to resume operations.
Cambodian casinos have been shuttered since 1st of April when government issued stay-at-home orders in a bid to mitigate the spreading of the deadly COVID-19 transmission, which has already claimed thousands of lives across the world since the start of this year. Last Friday, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that casinos could reopen if they meet health precautionary measures and requirements and the Ministry of Health approves their reopening plans.
Thus, NagaWorld Casino’s reopening was also subject to the Health Ministry’s approval. The entertainment venue got the approval following a physical inspection of the venue on 4th of July. Taking precautionary measures, the casino reduced its slot capacity to 50 per cent of the normal, while gaming tables have been limited to three players. So-called ‘standing’ bets will not be permitted for the time being. The food & beverage outlets at the venue have also been cleared to resume operations, albeit at 50 per cent capacity but the buffet have not been permitted to reopen for the time being.
Common precautionary measures to be followed by the venue includes repeated deep cleanings and sanitization of the entire property, installation of hand sanitization stations, encouraging employees as well as visitors to put on facial coverings, compulsory temperature screenings of both employees and guests, and special COVID-19 health protocol training for all team members. In addition, NagaWorld has established multiple ‘isolation rooms’ in case any visitor shows signs of possible corona virus infection.
Thus far, Cambodia’s Ministry of Health hasn’t authorized any similar reopening for any other gaming property in border areas like Poipet and Bavet, or for any venue in Sihanoukville. A senior government official recently confirmed that no other gaming venue has submitted an application requesting for reopening because their operators are still not ready for resuming operations following the lengthy COVID-19 pandemic-induced shutdown.
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