PAGCOR Suspends Casino Operations, Gaming Centers

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation on Sunday suspended casino and other gaming operations within the National Capital Region after it was placed on a community quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The suspension of gaming operations, which takes effect immediately, applies to land-based casinos, both PAGCOR-owned and operated as well as all licensed and integrated resort-casinos, electronic games, traditional and electronic bingo, sports betting, poker and slot machine clubs, and will last for the duration of the NCR community quarantine imposed by the government.

But PAGCOR appears to be making an exception for the Philippine offshore gaming operations, which will be allowed to operate on a minimal capacity, and with only a few workers.

PAGCOR said it would maintain a skeletal workforce to ensure POGOs would continue to function.

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