After Mayor Claudia López gave the green-light for the return to activity, a total of 532 gaming establishments will resume operations in Colombia’s capital and largest city of Bogotá.
Gyms, theatres, churches and cinemas will be joined by casinos and bingo halls as those that will be able to begin functioning in accordance with the issued capacity and biosecurity protocols.
The reopening of bars, discotheques, dance venues and large-scale indoor activities remains prohibited, however “any activity that has already issued the biosafety protocol can operate by applying it, it will not have a limit of days, but it will have a time of admission and capacity as approved by the Ministry of Health for each economic activity.”
Facilities must comply with previously accepted guidelines on health and safety, including increased cleaning, the installation of barriers between gaming machines, a possible limit on operating hours, and a ban on the consumption of food and beverages. The ability to guarantee two metres of space between patrons must be regulated by all establishments.
532 businesses are resuming operations as a result of the opening of the industry in the capital, including 515 casinos and 17 bingo halls, with seven thousand workers expected to return to their work.
In addition, industry association Fecoljuegos says that the city will “most significantly” restore receipt of income to its healthcare system, claiming that during the six months of operations being closed, COP 65bn (£13.5 m) was lost.
The president of Fecoljuegos, Evert Montero Cárdenas, praised an significant achievement in the revival of the sector: “Fecoljuegos, its board of directors, the work team and the affiliated operators have worked with the conviction and commitment that this activity requires and with the strength and dedication that has been fundamental in this process.
“We receive this great news with all the responsibility and commitment to comply with our biosecurity protocol, we must demonstrate that this is a responsible industry that takes care of the health and well-being of its clients and collaborators, without a doubt with the support and backing of all we will achieve a speedy recovery of the activity.”