Coronavirus live updates: New Zealand enters complete lockdown

The latest news and updates on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) – with regularly updated information relating to new cases, travel restrictions and other information to keep you abreast of the latest developments.

24 Mar, 2020

Macau has further tightened its border controls, imposing a ban on entry for citizens of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China if they have travelled to a foreign country in the past 14 days. Residents of the three locations are able to enter Macau if they haven’t been overseas, but will need to go into a compulsory 14-day quarantine in a designated hotel.

24 Mar, 2020

Clarion Gaming said it has postponed ICE North America, which was due to take place on May 13-14, due to the coronavirus. The event will be held in spring 2021, with the date to be announced shortly. 

24 Mar, 2020 – New Zealand enters complete lockdown

New Zealand will go into complete lockdown, except for essential services, from midnight Wednesday.

24 Mar, 2020 – Tokyo Olympics to be postponed by one year

The 2020 Olympic Games will be postponed by one year, said a member of the International Olympic Committee Dick Pound.

23 Mar, 2020 – Australian casinos confirm closures

In line with government orders, the various casino operators of Australia confirmed the suspension of their operations on Monday.

23 Mar, 2020 – Silver Heritage shuts down its two casinos in Nepal

Australian-listed Silver Heritage Group announced on Monday that its two casinos in Nepal would be temporarily shut down in accordance with government guidance forbidding gatherings of 25 or more people.

23 Mar, 2020 – South Korean casinos to suspend operations 

All of South Korea’s major casino firms have now announced suspensions of operations as a measure to combat the spread of Covid-19.

23 Mar, 2020 – Euro 2020 postponed by twelve months

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has announced the postponement of EUFA EURO 2020, which was due to be played in June and July this year.

23 Mar, 2020  – Nepal hotels to shut down

Due to the lack of business and fears of a coronavirus outbreak, hotels across Nepal have decided to shut down their operations until the situation improves, local media reports.

20 Mar, 2020 – New Zealand shuts borders, all tourists locked out

New Zealand has closed its borders to all nations. The last flights from international destinations have already arrived.

19 Mar, 2020 – POGOs also shuttered during Covid-19 lockdown

Philippine authorities have made clear that the Covid-19 lockdown also includes Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs), which will not be allowed to operate during this period.

19 Mar, 2020 – Two casinos remain closed in Macau as grace period ends

At the end of the 30-day grace period for Macau’s casinos to reopen, the government has announced that two properties will remain closed and that about 80 percent of the table capacity is now operational.

19 Mar, 2020 – Sikkim goes under lockdown and shuts casinos

Not only Goa, but also the state of Sikkim, the small, mountainous Indian state wedged between Nepal and Bhutan, has gone under Covid-19 lockdown, including the closure of all casinos.

19 Mar, 2020 – Melco shutters Cyprus casinos

Melco Resorts & Entertainment-backed Cyprus Casinos is closing down its five properties on the Mediterranean island for a month to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

18 Mar, 2020 – PAGCOR orders nationwide gaming suspension

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has ordered an extension of the Manila gaming suspension to be applied nationwide.

17 Mar, 2020 – Macau closes borders after new infections

Macau closed its borders to all non-residents as of midnight on March 18, with the exception of blue-card holders and residents from greater China, after another case of imported Covid-19.

16 Mar, 2020 – Imperial Pacific announces temporary casino closure

Imperial Pacific International, which operates the only casino on the island of Saipan, has reportedly announced the temporary shutdown of its property from 12 a.m. on Tuesday.

16 Mar, 2020 – Mumbai horse racing suspended over Covid-19 concerns

The Royal Western India Turf Club in Mumbai cancelled this past Sunday’s scheduled races and have suspended for an undetermined period of time.

16 Mar, 2020 – Goa shuts down all casinos until the end of March

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has ordered that all of the state’s casinos be shut down through the end of March as a measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

13 Mar, 2020 – Casino closures begin in U.S.

Multiple casinos across the U.S. have announced they are temporarily closing due to the coronavirus, with properties in Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania all shuttering their operations.

13 Mar, 2020 – PAGCOR suspends gaming operations in Manila

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) said it was suspending all gaming operations in Manila following President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to put Metro Manila under community quarantine due to Covid-19.

12 Mar, 2020 – WHO declares coronavirus a global pandemic

The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, having spread to more than 121,000 people from Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

“We’re deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

9 Mar, 2020 – Macau imposes quarantine on travelers from Japan and Korea

The government of Macau has announced its intention to extend its 14-day Covid-19 quarantine policy to a number of additional countries. The quarantine will now encompass travelers from South Korea, Italy, Iran, Germany, France, Spain, and Japan.

The government of Macau has announced its intention to extend its 14-day Covid-19 quarantine policy to a number of additional countries. The quarantine will now encompass travelers from South Korea, Italy, Iran, Germany, France, Spain, and Japan.

5 Mar, 2020 – Japan imposes quarantine on travelers from China, South Korea

Japan has imposed a 14-day quarantine to all travelers from Greater China countries, including Macau, Hong Kong, and Mainland China amid the coronavirus outbreak. The quarantine is set to come into place on Monday 9th March, and effective until the end of March.

28 Feb, 2020 – Macau entertainment venues to return March 2

While the government-mandated suspension on casinos were lifted on February 20, other entertainment venues in Macau such as cinemas, gyms, nightclubs, karaoke bars, massage parlors, beauty salons, and spas have remained under the ban. The authorities have now judged, however, that the threat of Covid-19 infection has now receded to the point that these facilities may reopen as of midnight on March 2.

28 Feb, 2020 – HK, Japan, and Korea ban public from race meetings

Japan’s racing authorities have barred spectators from its race meetings immediately in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus. JRA’s decision comes after similar moves were made by the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC). It is understood that South Korea has also halted racing events altogether until at least March 8, when the situation will be reassessed.

26 Feb, 2020 – Travellers from South Korea to undergo a 14-day quarantine 

The MSAR government had imposed a 14-day quarantine for any individuals traveling from South Korea. The costs of quarantine in designated hotels will be borne by the individuals themselves.

20 Feb, 2020 – Almost a third of Macau casinos to remain closed

A total of twelve Macau casinos, nearly a third of the territory’s 41 venues, have opted not to open today, according to Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) Director Paulo Martins Chan.

19 Feb, 2020 – Macau casinos permitted to reopen on Thursday

The government of Macau has opted not to extend the 15-day order that all of the territory’s 41 casinos remain closed, paving the way for a return to business on Thursday.

19 Feb, 2020- DICJ issues regulations to prevent Covid-19 infection

The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) met with representatives of all six concessionaires on Tuesday and laid out a series of strengthened regulations to prevent Covid-19 infection among casino patrons and staff.

Previous measures to be reinstituted include the measuring of body temperature for all visitors and workers at the casinos, at each of the territory’s 405 entries and exits for customers and 47 for workers, as well as the requirement that all customers and staff wear facemasks.

New measures include the requirements that gaming tables must be placed a safe distance apart, and no more than half of the tables in a given space may be in operation. Customers must also not be placed next to one another, meaning that, for example, only three or four people will be allowed to bet simultaneously at a seven-person table.

17 Feb, 2020 – Singapore IRs step up virus prevention measures

Singapore’s two integrated resorts have stepped up precautionary measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus, whilst rolling out promotions to draw more local visitors.

12 Feb, 2020 – Too early to know if the peak is near: WHO

Health officials on Wednesday said it is too soon to tell if the coronavirus is showing signs of slowing. “This outbreak could still go in any direction,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization director-general, said at a press conference.

11 Feb, 2020 – Coronavirus renamed to COVID-19

World Health Organization (WHO) renames Coronavirus to COVID-19. CO stands for corona, VI for virus, and D for disease, and 19 is for the year it was first discovered, explained WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a press conference in Geneva.

9 Feb, 2020 – Coronavirus deaths surpass SARS 

At least 813 people are reported to have died from the disease, most of them in mainland China, according to official data released on Sunday.

8 Feb, 2020 – Hong Kong imposes quarantine measures for Mainland arrivals

The Hong Kong government has announced that visitors crossing the border from mainland China will have to enter mandatory quarantine for 14 days, starting Saturday 8th Feb.

7 Feb, 2020 – HK, Macau residents to face strict entry rules from Taiwan

Taiwan has suspended the issuance of entry permits on arrival and online processing of entry permits for Hong Kong and Macau residents.

6 Feb, 2020 – Macau hotels begin to suspend operations

With the mandated two-week closure of all casinos and a dramatic drop-off in visitors to the territory, a number of hotels in Macau are beginning to suspend operations

4 Feb, 2020 – Macau government orders two-week closure of all casinos

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng has announced that all 41 of the territory’s casinos must be shut for a period of at least two weeks as a measure to prevent the further spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus.

4 Feb, 2020 – Hong Kong confirms first death, a 39-year-old man from Whampoa Garden

A 39-year-old man has become the first person to die in Hong Kong after being diagnosed with the coronavirus. The man died on Tuesday morning after his condition deteriorated – he died of heart failure. It is understood the man had a “long-term illness and is known to have a cardiac arrest”. It is also understood he is the 13th confirmed case in Hong Kong, and was diagnosed on Jan 31.

4 Feb, 2020 – 17,391 confirmed cases of 2019-nCOV, and 362 deaths

According to the Australian Government Department of Health, as of 4th February morning, internationally, there are approximately 17,391 confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV, and 362 deaths have been reported – a 2.08 percent fatality rate.

3 Feb, 2020 – Hong Kong closes major border crossings 

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam on Monday announced the closure of a number of border crossings with China, with exception of the Shenzhen Bay joint checkpoint, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, and the Hong Kong International Airport.

3 Feb, 2020 – US temporarily denies entry of foreign nationals who have traveled from China

The United States has begun implementing stringent travel restrictions Sunday evening, which includes the temporary denial of all foreign nationals who have visited China in the last 14 days prior to their arrival to the United States.

3 Feb, 2020 – POGO to implement measures against viral outbreak

Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) have agreed to implement measures against the coronavirus after the country’s first death from the viral disease on Saturday. This includes mainly information and education on the disease and its prevention.

2 Feb, 2020 – Philippines issues temporary travel ban for visitors from China, and SARS

President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a temporary travel ban on visitors from China, Hong Kong, and Macau, to curb the spread of the coronavirus, after the first death in the country was reported on Feb 1.

1 Feb, 2020 – Macau casinos order all customers to wear masks 

Macau gaming operators are now requiring all guests entering the city’s casinos to wear protective face masks – effective February 1. DICJ said that guests that do not comply with the measure would be asked to leave the gaming floor.

28 January, 2020 – PAGCOR to support anti-pandemic measures

PAGCOR has issued a memorandum to all POGO and service providers, ordering them to exercise extreme caution in selecting employees to be sent to the Philippines. Another Order has been issued to impose a 10-day quarantine on all newly hired and returning employees from countries with coronavirus cases.

23 January, 2020 – CNY celebrations canceled over coronavirus 

The Macau government has canceled all public celebrations of Chinese New Year (CNY) in Macau in an effort to curb the contagion. The government has also ordered temperature checks to be conducted at all border crossings, and entrances to government buildings and casinos.

22 January, 2020 – Macau confirms first case, orders casino staff to wear masks

Macau has confirmed its first case of Wuhan coronavirus-linked pneumonia, in spite of the efforts of authorities to keep the infection out of the international gaming hub. The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) has asked its local gaming operators to reinforce preventive measures in their casinos, including the wearing of masks by all casino staff.