Casinos have now reopened in New Caledonia, the French territory comprising dozens of islands in the South Pacific.
The two casinos in Noumea are the first French casinos to reopen, with slot machines and traditional games accessible to players, although the poker tables have remained closed for the time being.
The Grand casino and the Casino Royal have outlined on their websites the conditions needed to enter their establishments, including the wearing of masks being compulsory in the gaming areas. Disinfectant gel is to be used before and after each contact. Bars and restaurants will only offer sandwiches, paninis and drinks until the kitchens are fully opened. Customers must respect social distancing with barriers in the smoking and catering areas.
New Caledonia has been little affected by the coronavirus, with only 18 casinos to date. Almost all of them have recovered with no new cases since April 4. The reopening has been far-reaching, with the exception of sports competitions and cultural events which are banned for another six weeks. Nightclubs also remain closed, while bars can reopen with table service only. There are no longer any commercial flights arriving in Noumea, with the exception of returning residents, who are subject to containment upon arrival for three weeks.