Vietnam’s Corona Resort & Casino Allowed to Resume Operations
Corona Resort & Casino, the only operational casino in Vietnam that enables nationals to gamble, has been provided the go-ahead to resume operations after it was ordered to close temporarily two months ago.
The property, which is situated on the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc, was allowed to reopen soon after authorities in Kien Giang Province eased Covid-19-associated restrictions. The province, which contains Phu Quoc, is now a green zone beneath Vietnam’s classification program for anti-pandemic measures.
Lam Minh Thanh, Chairman of the People’s Committee in Kien Giang Province, on Wednesday gave the nod to a range of businesses to resume operations, which includes casinos, hotels, restaurants, amusement parks, cable automobiles, and safaris, amongst other individuals.
Even so, other non-crucial operations such as beauty salons, theaters, massage parlors and spas, as effectively as indoor sports facilities and gyms have remained closed.
Corona Resort & Casino has been shut since July 19 as Vietnam was grappling with a new intense surge in Covid-19 circumstances at the time. The closure of casinos and other non-essential businesses was amongst a series of measures undertaken by Phu Quoc and province officials to curb the spread of the illness.
The abrupt shutdown was ordered only a week right after the island kicked off vaccination of its residents as it looked to open for foreign visitors by October. Province and island officials mentioned this week that the island will not be able to carry out its tourism reopening plan and welcome completely vaccinated foreign tourists subsequent month due to the fact the local vaccination price is extremely low.
Corona Has Not Announced Reopening Date Yet
Despite the fact that it has been given the green light to reopen, Corona Resort & Casino has not announced when it plans to resume operations.
The house is one of two casinos picked by the Vietnamese government to enable locals to gamble beneath a three-year pilot program. The other casino is at present beneath development in Van Don and is however to be launched.
Corona Resort & Casino opened doors in 2019. Its launch coincided with the start of the government’s pilot program. Under the scheme, nationals are required to be able to offer a proof of month-to-month income of over VND10 million (approx. $433) for the 3 months prior a go to to the casino, be aged 21 or more than, and to spend an entry charge of VND1 million for a 24-hour pass.
A few months ago, reports emerged that Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance has proposed extending the pilot program to 2024 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The scheme was initially scheduled to end subsequent year.
Source: Phu Quoc grants permission for Corona Resort & Casino to reopen, Inside Asian Gaming, September 23, 2021