Two casinos under South Korea’s GKL reopen with daily customer cap

Two casinos in Seoul, South Korea, under the brand Seven Luck run by Grand Korea Leisure (GKL), reopened their doors to business on 15 March after nearly four months’ closure as a result of social distancing restrictions imposed by the Korean government, but a cap on daily customer numbers have been placed on the two foreigners-only casinos in accordance with social-distancing rules, according to foreign media reports.

The two foreigners-only casinos, Gangnam COEX and Gangbuk Hilton, reopened for business earlier this week after they were forced to suspend operations on 24 November last year when the Korean government tightened social distancing restrictions in the wake of rising Covid cases in the country. However, the two facilities are now allowed to receive up to 185 and 148 customers respectively on a daily basis; the daily caps are 20% of the casinos’ operating capacity.

GKL is a subsidiary of South Korea’s tourism authorities and its casinos are all state-owned. Busan Lotte Casino run by GKL reopened for business on 15 February.

According to South Korea’s Central Disaster Safety Countermeasures Headquarters, the nations’ current level-two social-distancing restrictions will be maintained until 28 March. State-owned casinos are now allowed to reopen provided they follow the daily customer cap while privately-owned casinos can make their own judgement whether to suspend operations.

The daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Korea comes in hundreds; the accumulative confirmed cases stood at 96,849 as of 17 March, with 1,686 deaths.