The Coronavirus continues to affect the country of China as well as other countries across the globe. In total, over 400 lives have been lost in China and many others impacted dur to the virus outbreak. In Macau, the region is known for hosting poker players as well as casino gamers on a daily basis. To help avoid the spread of the disease, the government of the region has shut down all casino operations for a two-week time frame. The shutdown may last longer if the virus is not contained.
The decision to close the gaming venues in Macau was a difficult one. However, it was made to help protect the health of Macau residents. Because of the heavy traffic flow of casinos in Macau, it would be easy for the coronavirus to spread. Hundreds of people could be affected and have no idea until it was too late.
Consider the game of poker for instance. Players are handling the same cards and chips. Anyone with the coronavirus could spread germs just for being at the same table and sneezing or coughing. It is unclear if the virus can spread from contact, but it is best to not take any chances.
Because the players at a poker table are so close, as well as at other gaming tables, even slot machines, it is best to shutdown and avoid any potential issues. Germs could easily be spread and many more people affected which could lead to even further spread of the virus through continual contamination.
The CDC suggests that to avoid the spread of coronavirus, general precautionary measures should be taken such as avoiding close contact with those who are sick and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands.
Poker Events Postponed
Potential health concerns connected with the coronavirus has caused the 2020 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series in Jeju to be postponed. The festival was supposed to take place on February 10th to the 22nd in Jeju Landing Casino but will be rescheduled.
The announcement was made by the organizers of the poker festival after the World Health Organization declared the virus an international public health emergency. The festival was closed to protect players and staff members but also to avoid spreading the virus even further.
It is unclear as to when the poker event will be rescheduled.
For health officials, the goal now is to contain the virus and stop it from spreading. The closing of Macau casinos is just one example of what is being done to try and curb the transferring of this deadly virus. Currently, there is no vaccine and the best way to prevent an infection is to not be exposed.
We will continue to monitor the situation and report any new details as they are provided. We expect in the coming week, officials in Macau will have a better idea as to if the casinos will remain closed even longer or will reopen after the two week time frame.