Hong Kong—The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) revealed that it is reopening its off-course betting shops on non-race days starting August 29, after a long period of closure due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
HKJC branches were originally shut down in February, around the beginning of the pandemic, and reopened between June 22 and July 19, when customers were allowed to place bets, manage their accounts and make deposits and withdrawals.
But after a resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong, shops were forced to shut down again in July, and even though they were scheduled to reopen in early August, ongoing concerns with regards to the virus rate in the region resulted to a delay in reopening.
The shops were allowed to reopen from August 29, but with certain restrictions and limitations in place. Customers are not allowed to bet on racing or football, but will be allowed to manage their accounts, make deposits or withdrawals, transfer funds, set up an e-wallet, and cash in any winning tickets or vouchers.
Customers are also required to wear masks and undergo temperature checks before being allowed into the shop. Social distancing measures must be enforced when inside the premises as well. HKJC will also ensure improved cleaning and disinfecting procedures to continue.
Because the shops have started to reopen this weekend, HKJC said the validities of all affected tickets and cash vouchers will be extended until January 31, 2021.