Francisco Sagasti, the President of Peru, has confirmed that the casino sector could restart in the next few days and that the Executive Branch already has a decree authorising them.
Since March, casinos in the country have been shut down, despite a protocol approved by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur).
The reactivation of Phase 4, which was supposed to take place in August, was expected by the industry. However the implementation of the reopening was delayed due to the health emergency in the country and to an indefinite suspension, even for casinos which had already reconditioned their venues.
President Sagasti, in a meeting with the local press, stated: “To reactivate casino operations and gaming halls in the country, we need a special decree, due to the nature of the activity. But it’s already on the way. In the next few days, it will happen.”
Moreover, according to local outlet La República, Carlos Rojas, president of the Peruvian Association of Tourism and Entertainment Centers, assured them that they still do not have a specific date to resume operations, but if the executive branch gives them the nod, more than 40 thousand employees will be able to return to their jobs immediately.
Rojas said: “At a general level, the sector employs more than 87k people directly. And we assume that with this reopening, more than 40 percent will come back to their jobs. Gradually, the rest will come back too.”
Authorised by Ministerial Resolution No 196-2020-Mincetur, the Protocol specifies that operations will be able to restart at a capacity of 50 percent. It will be mandatory to use masks and both workers and tourists will need to wash their hands constantly.
Rojas emphasised that they would follow what the Executive advises in terms of the population at risk: “The average age of our clients is between 38 and 52 years old, but if they tell us that people over 60 years old cannot [access the casinos], we will respect [the decision].”