From today until April 30, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte decreed that the Covid-19 countermeasures in Metro Manila will be eased to so-called updated enhanced neighbourhood quarantine.
However, casinos will stay closed, including the large-scale private-sector resorts in Entertainment City, a move that clashed with the more stringent intensified neighbourhood quarantine.
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor), the country’s regulator, had previously said that certain venues had been closed since late March.
The newly relaxed quarantine conditions still apply to Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.
However, notwithstanding the amendments, casinos, horse races, cockfighting and the running of cockpits, lottery and betting shops, and other gambling facilities – with the exception of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office draws – must stay closed, according to government guidelines.
Mr. Duterte decided to relax the quarantine terms because a growing number of public and private hospitals have committed to provide rooms and beds devoted to Covid-19 patients, according to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.
However, Mr Roque added that the country’s leader stated that a newly imposed midnight curfew of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day will be maintained before mayors and governors settled on new hours.
As of Sunday, there had been 11,681 new Covid-19 cases registered across the country, bringing the total number of reported cases to 864,868. There were 146,519 open cases, 703,404 people who had survived, and 14,945 people who had died.