Cyprus Casinos, the Republic of Cyprus-based subsidiary of gaming and hospitality giant Melco Resorts & Entertainment, suspended operations at all of its casinos in the island nation as Covid-19 cases soared at an alarming rate. during the last month.
In a message on its website, the casino operator informed its customers that it had temporarily suspended operations “in accordance with government directive.” Cyprus Casinos has not announced a reopening date for its gambling venues.
The company was formed after its parent organization, Melco, obtained in 2016 the right to build a multi-million dollar integrated casino complex in the Cypriot city of Limassol and to open and operate four satellite casinos in four other cities around the small Mediterranean island nation. .
A temporary casino opened in Limassol in the summer of 2018 and will remain operational while the main complex is developed. Cyprus Casinos have since launched four mini-casinos in the capital Nicosia, Larnaca, Ayia Napa and Paphos.
As the number of new Covid-19 cases continued to rise, the Cypriot government issued an order earlier this month that forced to close places of hospitality, shopping centers and churches. The national shutdown went into effect on December 11.
Limassol, Paphos casinos closure extended
On November 12, Cyprus Casinos announced that it had temporarily suspended operations at its temporary casino in Limassol and its satellite casino in Paphos in accordance with extensive closure measures imposed by Cypriot officials in these two districts.
Paphos and Limassol entered a near-complete shutdown on November 12 to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The measures in the two districts included a curfew from 8 pm to 5 am and the ban on entering and leaving Paphos and Limassol. The two casinos were supposed to remain closed until November 30, but due to the new wave of anti-virus measures, they will remain closed indefinitely along with their sister properties in other parts of Cyprus.
Closure ordered in mid-March of the five casinos in Cyprus when the first wave of coronavirus hit the island nation. The properties were allowed to resume operations three months later under strict health security protocols.
Only four of the casinos reopened in mid-June. Cyprus Casinos announced at the time that its Larnaca satellite facility would remain closed at the moment, as the company was setting up a new site that would host it. The game venue was previously at Larnaca International Airport. It is not yet known where it will be relocated and when it will reopen.
As mentioned above, Melco is currently building a luxury integrated casino complex in Limassol. The company said it would invest at least 550 million euros on his first project outside of Asia. The City of Dreams Mediterranean hotel-casino complex was scheduled to open in late 2021, but it remains to be seen whether the coronavirus pandemic will change the original opening schedule.