The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. has directed all casino operators to suspend operations effective immediately to help curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Pagcor said the move was in compliance with President Duterte’s directive to put Metro Manila under community quarantine amid the growing coronavirus outbreak.
“The suspension applies to land-based casinos (both Pagcor-owned and operated as well as all licensed and integrated resort-casinos), electronic game (eGames), bingo (traditional and electronic), sports betting, poker and slot machine clubs, and other activities regulated by Pagcor and will last for the duration of the National Capital Region (NCR) community quarantine imposed by the government,” Pagcor said in a statement.
The suspension, however, doesn’t cover restaurants, food outlets and hotels within the gaming facilities.
“PAGCOR believes in the seriousness of the COVID 19 situation. Hence, it supports the government’s extreme effort in containing the virus. For its part, the state-run gaming agency has decided to prohibit public gatherings in its gaming venues and in the licensed gaming properties that it regulates,” the state gaming regulator said.