After Chile’s Casinos Reopen SCJ Impose Reduced Opening

The Superintendency of Gambling Casinos (SCJ) of Chile has announced that operating hours would be reduced after announcing the decision to reactivate casino operations on November 12.

The decision of the SCJ follows the new government guidelines released on December 1, and points out that casinos and gambling halls will be forced from 5 am to 12 am to restrict their operations.

The gambling authority said: “Given the current exceptional sanitary conditions, it’s not possible for casinos to be open to the public on a continuous schedule, even when the curfew is respected.”

The “Management and Prevention Protocol against COVID-19 in casinos, gaming and entertainment establishments” was included in the Government’s “Step by Step, We Take Care” programme, paving the way for operators to restart operations as long as they are in reactivation stages 3, 4 and 5 in communities.

Those jurisdictions undergoing steps 3 and 4 would have the choice of approving the reopening or refusing it. On the other side, following Circular NO 31 of the SCJ, those in Phase 5 (advanced openings) have full authorization to reactivate their enterprises.

A few casinos, including Enjoy Santiago, Sun Monticello, Casino Colchagua, Casino Ovalle, Casino Coquimbo, Casino Copiapó, Enjoy Viña del Mar and Marina del Sol Calama, reopened their doors to the public during the last week of November.

In March, a month in which revenue decreased by 52.2 percent, casinos in Chile shut down. However a sales fall of 1.5 percent compared to the same time in 2019 had also been announced in the previous month.