The coronavirus has taken the world by storm, with many industries suffering setbacks. For the gaming industry, casinos are shut down completely or taking precautionary measures to try and protect players. The virus first started in China and in Macau, the venues were shut down for some time before beginning to offer services once again. Currently, around 80% of the casino tables are operating based on restrictions from the government.
Right now, around 5,400 gaming tables are operational in Macau. This is a big jump from about a week ago, when casinos began reopening after the 15 day shutdown. The table games are providing services under new restrictions that will hopefully minimize the spread.
It is expected that March gaming revenues will fall 80% or so year over year due to the sector’s performance. In February, the casino gaming revenues fell 88% due to the closure of venues. This was the largest drop in the history of the market.
The restrictions in place right now include players and casino staff wearing face masks. The number of players at a gaming table has been limited along with venues not allowing standing bets. While these regulations are in place, reports have surfaced that staff members and players have seen a high number of players at the tables, more than the recommended amount.
Inspections may soon begin to ensure that venues are being compliant with the protocols. Other complaints have included staff members not having access to masks. Complaints have also surfaced that casinos are not disinfecting gaming chips. This was apparently true, but due to a shortage of supplies for cleaning.
It is unclear how long the regulations will be in place but one can assume that it will be some time before casinos in Macau as well as around the world are offering business as usual.