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Macau tells casinos they can reopen on Thursday

2020-02-17 HKT 21:20
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  • Macau casinos are to be allowed to reopen this week. Photo: AP
    Macau casinos are to be allowed to reopen this week. Photo: AP
The Macau government will allow casinos to reopen on Thursday after a 14-day closure imposed to help block the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.

The territory’s finance secretary, Lei Wai-nong, announced the decision on Monday at a news conference, according to Macau broadcaster TDM.

The closure on February 5 hurt major casino operators including Wynn Resorts and Las Vegas Sands. Casino gambling is the major industry in the former Portuguese colony.

On Friday, MGM Resorts International, which gets about 20 per cent of its revenue from Macau, pulled its profit forecast for 2020.

No date has been announced for reopening other public facilities including cinemas, internet cafes, bars and gyms still are closed.

Macau reported 10 cases of the virus, but has not recorded any new cases since the day before the casino closure. (AP/RTHK)
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Last updated: 2020-02-17 HKT 21:55