South Korea’s Paradise City Casino shuts for an indefinite time. According to a notice in Korean posted on Friday on the venue’s website, the casino is to stay closed “indefinitely”, for the safety of customers.
The resort had previously announced its casino would stay closed until 6am on Monday (September 7), which was itself an extension of an initial closure running from Sept 1 to 3, caused by a reported case of Covid-19 involving a resort staff member.
The latest announcement said non-gaming facilities at the resort would stay closed from 1pm on Friday, until 1pm on Wednesday (September 9).
According to South Korean media, the primary reason for the indefinite closure of the casino was that, as of Friday morning, a total of six resort employees, including two casino staff members, had been tested positive with Covid-19.
Media outlets said two Chinese nationals chefs from an on-site Chinese restaurant, called Imperial Treasure were also among the sick.
The venue said in a Friday press release, that the shuttering move was for the “safety of guests and employees”, and in order to comply with South Korea’s “Level 2.5” social distancing protocol for the Seoul metropolitan area. Those rules limit the operation of restaurants and other food outlets, and mandate the shutting of indoor sports facilities as well as so-called ‘cram school’ educational facilities.