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Philippines – Solaire will only reopen 20 per cent of gaming floor when restrictions are lifted

By - 27 April 2020

The gaming floor at Solaire Resort & Casino in the Philippines will only reopen at around 20 per cent once the lock down there is lifted.

Enrique Razon Jr Chairman and CEO of the casino’s owner Bloomberry Resorts Corp, made the admission to local media PhilStar, following Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte decision to extend the ‘enhanced community quarantine’ (ECQ) for another two-weeks

Mr. Razon said: “Our plan when we can reopen is to test everyone. Gaming capacity will only be at 20 per cent of our usual capacity, there will be physical distancing, wearing of masks will be mandatory.”

Bloomberry later added in a statement: “The company confirms the statement of Mr Razon and would like to clarify that such loss is possible due to the suspension of casino operations of Bloomberry in compliance with the order of PAGCOR and due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila. The ECQ in Metro Manila, which has just been extended to 15 May 2020, is intended to prevent the spread of the virus which causes the COVID-19 disease. Another reason is the severe contraction of businesses worldwide caused by the lockdown imposed by most countries around the world which mean lower travel and lower priority for leisure activities.

“Management is currently preparing for the eventual restart of operations and is designing stringent cleanliness and social distancing protocols that are appropriate for an entertainment venue like Solaire.”

Solaire said it would install tents and foot baths at entrances to disinfect anyone who enters, temperature scanners, handrail UVC lights for elevators and stairs, and would regularly disinfect all areas.

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