The developer, owner and operator of casino Melco Resorts and Entertainment, decided to suspend all activities related to its Cyprus Casino C2 operation, in order to support the measures that have been taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The company operating in Asia, Australia and Europe, announced the cessation of all its operations from March 16 for four weeks in Cyprus.
The group made the decision to discontinue its activity in the country, despite efforts to complete the Mediterranean tourist complex City of Dreams (COD). It also ceased operation of four satellite casinos and a temporary location.
The company explained that the measure is taken to
“fully comply with the decision of the Council of Ministers, announced on March 15, 2020, to suspend the operations of certain private companies, including casinos, which tend to attract larger groups of persons.”
Full support for the decision to cease operations
In addition, since the gambling halls closed, Cyprus Casino C2 had already taken precautionary measures aimed at supporting the spread of the virus. Among them, decrease the number of authorized people and the personnel that work inside the gaming places: C2 Ayia Napa, C2 Paphos, C2 Larnaca, C2 Nicosia and C2 Limassol.
“In these difficult times that require extreme measures, we join the Government of Cyprus and the actions taken to curb the spread of Covid-19 (…). We fully support the decision to temporarily suspend the operation of entertainment facilities across the country in the best way.” said Melco COO Andy Choy.
It further stated that:
“We are also alongside our local partners and the entire tourism industry who have prioritized the safety of their staff and guests with the ultimate responsibility to safeguard their health.”
Closing of commercial premises
After the local government ordered all commercial stores to close their doors to stop the virus, closing the casinos was a logical move.
The closure of the premises includes restaurants, theaters and museums, sports facilities, shopping centers and other highly visited commercial areas. These sites will be closed for four weeks, while hotels will have to suspend reservations until the end of April.
Only services involving pharmacies, bakeries and supermarkets will be kept open, but operating with a limited number of visitors.
For the time being it is not recommended to travel to Cyprus since, apart from the risk, the government imposed restrictions that must be observed. But those who take the risk, must carry a duly issued health certificate, stating that the person tested negative for Covid-19.
Will also have to remain in quarantine for the next 14 days.