Supported by Macau casino operator Melco Resorts and Entertainment Ltd, the Cyprus Casinos (C2) properties are “ready to reopen” today June 13, after being shuttered since mid-March due to Covid-19 prevention measures on the Mediterranean island.
According to a joint notice issued Thursday by Melco Resorts and local partner Cyprus Phassouri (Zakaki) Ltd, the venues will resume with so-called distancing and routine disinfection steps in place.
The venues for the reopening are in Limassol, Nicosia, Paphos and Ayia Napa, respectively. We serve as satellite casinos to the main Mediterranean resort town of Dreams being built in Limassol and expected to be completed in 2021.
ICR Cyprus Holdings Ltd, a venture between Melco Resorts and Cyprus Phassouri, the latter a conglomerate based in Cyprus, controls the Cyprus operations. The partnership has an exclusive 30 year licence to operate casinos in the island ‘s ethnic-Greek portion of the Republic of Cyprus.
The Cyprus Casinos in Limassol, Nicosia and Paphos will reopen on Saturday at 7 am, and run round the clock from now on. The one in Ayia Napa will open the same day at 3 pm but only run until 6 am the next day and then repeat the pattern for every 24-hour period, according to the note.
Per gaming table a maximum of three guests are permitted. Banks of slot machines will only have alternate operating machines. Smoking at gaming tables and slot machines is not permitted. Only in certain specified areas will this be allowed.
The reopening of the venues at Cyprus Casinos would be “closely adhering” to the guidelines provided by the Health Minister of the country, the notice said.
In prepared remarks included in Thursday’s release Devi Kerr, vice president, gaming operations, said: “C2 has prepared a comprehensive series of hygiene measures to safeguard the health and comfort of guests and colleagues throughout the casinos. It is our belief that the casinos’ reopening will not only contribute to strengthening the tourism industry, but also the recovery of the local economy.”
C2 Larnaca – another group-operated satellite gaming venue – will reopen once it moves to a new site, the statement noted Thursday. It would transfer employees of that gaming venue to other locations.
The government of the country had declared a phased reopening of the economy starting on 4 May