In a notice posted on the property’s website, the promoter of the Resorts World Genting tourism complex, including the only permitted casino venue in Malaysia, said that a shutdown of Malaysian operations will be extended until May 12th.
Genting Malaysia Bhd’s note said this was because Malaysia’s prime minister had extended to that date what that nation called a movement control order, part of efforts to curb the further spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a televised speech on Thursday that the national motion control order had to be expanded to keep people safe. Some controls will therefore be marginally loosened, he added.
If the number of coronaviruses continued to decline, further lockdown steps – including a ban on all social gatherings and the closure of non-essential businesses – will slowly be eased, Mr Yassin said. Malaysia has reported 5,603 Covid-19 cases as of Thursday, according to official data.
In a March 17 filing to Bursa Malaysia, Genting Malaysia had reported the initial closure of the casino resort and its other non-gaming resorts from March 18 to March 31. Resorts World Genting said in late March that the closure would be extended to April 14, and that the suspension was later extended to April 28.
In its latest announcement announcing the suspension until mid-May, Resorts World Genting operator – a theme park resort located in Genting Highlands near Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur – confirmed that the closure also extended to several non-gaming resorts that it operates in that country: Resorts World Awana, Resorts World Kijal and Resorts World Langkawi.
The resorts promoter said: “Operations at our resorts will resume upon the lifting of the movement control order. We will continue to monitor the situation and make the necessary announcements as more information becomes available.
It added: “We would like to assure you that, despite the temporary closure, we have heightened our already stringent hygiene practices to safeguard the health and safety of all our guests and employees. This will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience once we reopen.”
Banking group Nomura said in a Thursday note that it expected the annual sales of Genting Malaysia to return to 2019 rates only by 2022, through a “tick-shaped” recovery.