Genting Closes Malaysia Casino Resort in Response to Covid-19 Crisis
Genting Group’s Resorts World Genting property will temporarily close all its operations effective tomorrow, March 18, news emerged earlier today.
The integrated resort that is located in the Genting Highlands near the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur will remain shuttered until March 31.
News that operations at the property would be temporarily suspended emerge shortly after Malaysian Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin issued a movement control order in the face of the global coronavirus crisis.
According to a message on Genting Malaysia’s official website, the pending closure includes Resorts World Genting’s hotels, casino, food and beverage facilities, entertainment venues, shopping malls and retail outlets, the Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park, and other attractions.
The gaming and hospitality operator said that operations at its resort will resume on April 1.
The company’s message from Monday read that all hotel reservations made for the closure period will be canceled and that “guests may seek a refund or change their reservation dates.” The same applies to all reservations made at Genting Malaysia’s Resorts World Awana, Resorts World Kijal, and Resorts World Langkawi properties.
Guests who have bought tickets for any of the attractions offered at Resorts World Genting or for any scheduled shows will, too, be refunded.
Essential Services to Remain Operational During the Closure Period
Genting Malaysia said that all essential services across its resort would remain operational during the two-week closure period. These include security, utilities, and clinics.
As mentioned earlier, news about the closure of Resorts World Genting emerge just a day after Malaysia’s Prime Minister ordered the implementation of strict travel restrictions as the country grapples with the coronavirus spread.
With more than 550 confirmed Covid-19 cases as of Monday, Malaysia is one of the worst affected countries in Southeast Asia.
Overseas citizens are prohibited from entering the country and nationals are prohibited from leaving Malaysia and traveling overseas. All business premises are set to close except markets and shops that supply products for residents’ daily needs.
People are also required to maintain social distance to help limit the spread of the dangerous virus and their movement is heavily restricted. Schools and other institutions are, too, ordered to close.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a Monday address to his people “the current situation of this outbreak requires drastic measures to restore the situation as soon as possible.”
Aside from its resort in its homeland, Genting Group has also closed some of its properties in other countries in response to the global coronavirus crisis. The company’s Resorts World Manila propery was shuttered on Sunday after the Philippine gambling regulator, PAGCOR, ordered the temporary closure of all casino resorts and other gaming facilities.
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