New restrictions that will cause a number of companies to reduce their capability have been approved by the Council of Ministers of Peru. The program, which involves casinos and gaming stores, seeks to avoid a second wave of infections with COVID-19.
The limitations will take effect on 25 January and will remain in effect until the end of the month. Cities with a moderate risk will have to comply with a curfew of 11 pm to 4 am, whereas those with a high risk from 9 pm to 4 am and a very high risk from 7 pm to 4 am will have to comply with a curfew of 7 pm to 4 am.
The Government and Ministry of Health (Minsa) have also been requested by the Peruvian Medical College (CMP) to restrict capacity in public spaces and shut down entertainment venues.
CMP recommended in a statement: “[We need] to maintain the curfew, keep a limited capacity and prohibit entertainment activities (discos, bars, casinos, cinemas, etc). We also need to extend the supervision and control of the compliance of these measures and improve social communication.”
In addition, it has been identified that casinos in cities with moderate warning would be forced to reduce their ability to 40 percent, 30 percent with high alert and 20 percent with very high alert.
The National Gambling Society’s Fernando Calderón told El Comercio that these steps come at a time when at least 60 percent of the industry has managed to reactivate operations.
“There were about 300 shops that had not yet opened. And those that are already operating, usually open casino tables at 6pm. When it comes to Lima, they would only be open for two hours. We need to evaluate whether they will be able to continue operating” he explained.