Cambodian casinos slowly reopen

By Violeta Prockyte

Ten Cambodian casinos have already opened their doors to the public with more to come soon. The casinos resumed work after being temporarily closed due to COVID-19 and safety concerns. Eight of the casinos are located in Sihanoukville, with NagaWorld in Phnom Penh and Star Vegas Resort and Club in Poipet. Casinos in Bavet near the border with Vietnam are said to open soon as well. The country has more than 100 casinos in total.

Ministry of Economy and Finance deputy director Ros Phearun said, “The casinos are limited in operations and must ensure social distancing and cleanliness. We expect more reopenings soon.” The casinos were shut down on April 1 and allowed to resume work on July 3, as long as they followed the government guidelines regarding health and safety requirements.

NagaCorp’s NagaWorld resumed work mid-July, reportedly the first casino in Cambodia to open its doors after the lockdown. Star Vegas, a casino that belongs to Donaco International Ltd, resumed work last week with a limited reopening.


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