Manila, Philippines—Casinos based in the capital region of the country would have to wait for at least another two weeks, or longer, before it can reopen again. President Rodrigo Duterte, heeding to the call of the public amid the rising Covid-19 infections, decided to shift the Metro Manila area to a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ). This means most non-essential services will be forced to shut down once more.
The decision to shift back to MECQ means that all mass transportation is now prohibited, and only several manufacturing businesses may remain in operation. In General Community Quarantine (GCQ) some businesses like restaurants were allowed to operate provided they practice strict social distancing measures. Now that the region has shifted back to MECQ, establishments and casino resorts that capitalized on this piece of business are now thrown off course once more.
The MECQ is expected to last between August 4 to August 18. If all goes well and new infections decrease from the current rate of 5,000 per day, the region would most likely shift back to GCQ for a period of 2 weeks before officials could make another assessment. This puts the potential reopening of casino venues at least a month away. In all likelihood, it would take more than a month before gamblers can start coming back to casinos.