Casinos in Cambodia face temporary closure


Casinos in Cambodia face temporary closure

Donaco International Limited has announced all casino operations in the Banteay Meanchey province have been temporarily suspended from 27 April 2021 to comply with the order from Cambodian local authorities to temporarily close all casinos in the area. 

The company’s casino, Star Vegas (pictured), halted its operations until further notice to prevent the outbreak of Covid-19 following a surge in cases.

The company emphasised that the health and safety of the staff and guests remain the priority, and Donaco will monitor developments and advise the market once there is a further update. 

Lockdowns were ordered in Phnom Penh, Ta Khmau city and Preah Sihanouk city, with provincial governor Oum Reatry ordering the lockdown of all casinos in the region. 

The suspension of the casino business came after an outbreak of Covid-19 cases from casino players was detected, reported The Star: “The casino business in Banteay Meanchey province is temporarily closed until further notice.”

“Seeing the outbreak, the provincial administration decided to suspend all casinos in Poipet town,” said provincial administration director and spokesman Chhoeun Kraiyong. “We wouldn’t have closed them if it wasn’t related.” The casino where the cases were detected was not named. 

Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh, extended its night-time curfew until 5 May. The curfew was first introduced on 1 April and has been extended since then. NagaWorld casino resort is located in the capital and has paused its operations since March after several employees tested positive for Covid-19.