Macau’s casinos start operating again

11 March 2020

Thirty-eight of the 41 casinos in Macau started operating once again by 9 March, doing so in stages staring on 20 February, said the region’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (GICB).

The GICB also said that just one casino had not submitted a request to start working again, and the two remaining casinos, managed by Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, had their operating authorisation suspended several months ago.

The casinos that have already started operating have 3,100 active gaming tables, which is 46% of the total of 6,739 at the end of December 2019.

Casinos in Macau were closed for a period of 15 days from midnight on 4 February last, and reopened on 20 February, albeit in a limited way and respecting all the guidelines of the Macau Health Services in order to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19.

As a result of the closure as well as the very small number of people visiting Macau, particularly those from Mainland China, gross revenues of casinos in February fell 87.8% year-on-year to 3.104 billion patacas (US$388 million), compared with 25.370 billion patacas in February 2019.

The gross revenue recorded in the first two months of the year registered a drop of 49.9% to 25.229 billion patacas (US$3.153 billion), against 50.312 billion patacas (US$6.289 billion) in the same period of 2019.

At the end of 2019, Macau had 41 casinos, two of which had been provisionally suspended, 22 managed by Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, six by Galaxy Casino, five by Venetian Macau, two by Wynn Resorts (Macau), four by Melco Crown (Macau) and two by MGM Grand Paradise, with 6,739 gaming tables and 17,009 slot machines. (macauhub)