The Superintendency of Gambling Casinos of Chile has announced that open-space casinos will now be able to reopen their doors for business. The decision comes only days after José Luis Uriarte, Undersecretary of Tourism, announced that there were no conditions in place to continue with restarts in the zones currently in phases 1 and 2.
In a decision dated 19 February, the national gambling authority announced that, through Resolution No. 43, the Ministry of Health had approved the reopening of Phase 2 casinos as long as they had open rooms to sell their services.
Requirement of distances remain
The SCJ highlighted: “Taking into consideration the good results in terms of health measures obtained by the industry since the restart of the operations, the municipal casino operators and licensees can open in Phase 2, as long as they follow the distances already established to use slot machines.”
In addition, the regulator said that the food and beverage ban remains in effect and casinos that reopen will be compelled to obey a particular schedule for at least three days a week, between Monday and Friday, and during business hours.
Phase 3 and 4 requirements
Casinos may also work in open and closed spaces in zones currently in Phase 3 and 4. In open spaces, the minimum distance between and gambling machine must be at least 39 inches. Closed spaces, meanwhile, must have sufficient and permanent ventilation, a minimum gap between slots of 79 inches and a physical barrier between players. Slot machines must be placed within 118 inches of each other where there is no security.
If they meet the same restrictions as slot machines, gaming tables will also be able to run, except that players and casino staff will be the only individuals permitted at the tables.