The only casino available to the locals in Vietnam, Corona Resort & Casino on Phu Quoc Island, is back open and operational after a three-week closure to slow COVID-19 spread.
Corona Casino General Manager Goran Milosheski told Inside Asian Gaming that the US$ 2.1 billion resort, which opened its first phase in January 2019, has resumed operations on 21 April. However, the property is limited to no more than 30 people in one location at a time and is only open every day for 12 hours, from 6 pm until 6 am. Public activities are also not permitted until further notice.
“We are waiting for more information from the government at the end of this week, [which we expect to be] positive,” Milosheski said.
Corona Resort & Casino has been given a trial period of three years in which Vietnamese are permitted to play for as long as they meet certain qualifying requirements, including a minimum monthly salary of VND10 million ( US$ 433).
Dutch company Uppfinity Gaming Management runs the casino, of which Milosheski is also COO.
In 2016 , the government of Vietnam first announced plans for a three-year pilot programme in which local people will be able to play in three different government casinos of choice. The other two properties, which are still to be opened, are said to include one built by Vietnamese firm Sun Group near Hanoi and another in the Special Administrative Economic Zone in Van Don.
Not all casinos in Vietnam have reopened, with one firm listed by Australia’s Donaco International Ltd extending the closure period of its casino at Aristo International Hotel in Lao Cai until further notice.