Cyprus Casinos Set for June 13 Reopening


Cyprusโ€™ five operational casinos are set to reopen June 13 after staying closed for nearly three months as the tiny Mediterranean republic grappled to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The C2 (Cyprus Casinos) properties will welcome back their guests to safety restrictions and enhanced cleaning and sanitization procedures.

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Through its local business, Hong Kong-listed gaming and hospitality giant Melco Resorts & Entertainment operates five gaming facilities across the Republic of Cyprus.

The larger one, a temporary casino in the city of Limassol, will resume operations at 7 am local time on Saturday. The gambling venue opened doors two years ago as a temporary casino while Melcoโ€™s main City of Dreams Mediterranean integrated resort is under development in Limassol. The property is slated to open doors in late 2021.

The C2 casinos in Nicosia and Paphos are, too, scheduled to reopen at 7 am on Saturday, while the gaming facility in Ayia Napa will resume operations at 3 pm on the same day.

Aside from a casino resort in Limassol, Melco was also licensed to operate four satellite casinos in cities around the island nation when it was granted its license from Cypriot authorities in the summer of 2017.

These satellite casinos are located namely in the capital Nicosia and in Paphos, Ayia Napa, and Larnaca.

Relocated Larnaca Property

It is still unknown when the C2 satellite casino in Larnaca will reopen. Devi Kerr, Vice President Gaming Operations at Cyprus Casinos, said this week that the facility will occupy a new site. It was formerly located at Larnaca International Airport.

The new site and a reopening date for the Larnaca property will be announced at a later stage, the official noted. All C2 Larnaca employees will be transferred to other casino locations and will be able to resume their duties as normal.

The casinos in Limassol, Nicosia, and Paphos will be open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The Ayia Napa facility will operate every day from 3 pm to 6 am.

Ms. Kerr said that all their casinos will be taking prescribed safety precautions in a bid to prevent guests and staff from being exposed to the dangerous coronavirus.

No more than three players will be allowed at a gaming table. In addition, the casinos will deactivate every other slot machine on their gaming floor to ensure a safe distance between players. Smoking will not be allowed at gaming tables and slot machines. Customers who smoke will be able to do so at specially designated areas.

Ms. Kerr said that โ€œthe health and safety of guests and colleagues are our top priorityโ€ and that C2 has โ€œprepared a comprehensive series of hygiene measures to safeguard the health and comfort of guests and colleagues throughout casinos.โ€

The C2 official went on to say that the reopening of their properties will โ€œnot only contribute to strengthening the tourism industry, but also the recovery of the local economy.โ€

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