The Philippines will experience a new quarantine scheme in Metro Manila from this Thursday, but there is no relief expected for the city’s gaming and entertainment facilities, which will be closed until at least the end of September.
The new scheme will include five alert levels & # 8211; level 1 & #8211; the most moderate, and level 5 – the strictest, – supplemented by a detailed blocking system through which individual villages, streets or even houses can be blocked if their local authorities deem a high risk.
It is hoped that by limiting total isolation to specific areas of concern, rather than the city, it will be possible to achieve a better balance between reducing the spread of COVID-19 and preserving business.
However, there will be no immediate respite for many of these businesses with the government announcing on Tuesday that Manila will be placed in the second most severe warning level 4 from September 16 to 30.
Businesses and activities prohibited under Warning Level 4 include casinos, horse racing and cockfights, indoor tourist attractions, MICE venues, bars, cinemas, amusement parks, public meetings, Internet cafes and much more.
People under the age of 18 or over 65 should stay at home if they do not buy basic necessities and services.
The introduction of the new scheme came after a record daily high of 26,303 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the Philippines on Saturday.
Source: Inside Asian Gaming