The Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant, has said that the state government does not have any plans of reopening the casinos in Goa, anytime soon.
The newly state central government guidelines allowing for substantial opening of many sectors of the economy, places like casinos, bars, malls, cinema halls and international flights will remain closed.
In a recent interview with the Times of India, Pramod Sawant was asked about the reopening of casinos and said that there were no plans of reopening the casinos anytime soon.
The casinos have been shut since 15th March, a week before the nationwide lockdown was initiated to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Not only in Goa, but the casinos in Sikkim and Sri Lanka have also been shut since March without any indication of reopening them anytime soon. Every casino in the subcontinent has been shut down.
The casino industry has suffered heavy losses due to the shutdown, with the casino sector in Goa having let go of over 1,000 employees and made heavy pay cuts to salaries of the remaining staff.
Many people in the industry believe that it’s improbable that the casinos will be restarted anytime before July or August.
Strict social distancing rules and restrictions to prevent social gatherings related to sports, religion, and cultural activities are still in place by the government.
Goa casinos are also concerned about what if they might not be able to open before 30th September which turns out to be the date the fresh six-month extension to operate will run out. This would put their whole future in doubt.
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