Melco closes its casinos in Cyprus
This week, gaming operator Melco announced that it would close gaming operations in Cyprus for an expected four weeks. Nonetheless, according to local media, the company wants to support the government financially with EUR 100,000.
Lawrence Ho, chairman of Melco, said:
“In this difficult time, our thoughts are with the people of Cyprus and all those around the world who are affected by COVID-19. We stand behind the efforts of the Government of Cyprus to protect the population from the health and socio economic effects of the novel corona virus and hope that our donation will help speed up preventive measures to curb the spread and help the most vulnerable in this emergency help.”
The closure of casinos in Cyprus, including Nicosia, Larnaca, Ayia Napa and Paphos, was preceded by an order from the Prime Minister to cease operations for a month in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. Cyprus was one of the last EU countries to report its first coronavirus case. So far there have been 58 confirmed cases in the island nation.
This decision by the government, said a spokesman for Melco International, is fully supported. In addition, strict cleaning and disinfection measures will be carried out in the casinos in Cyprus in the next few weeks.