Macau reopens casinos after coronavirus shutdown

Known as the “gambling capital of the world” the supercasinos of Macao will go back to the business of leisure as the forced closure and virus scare lifts.

The Chinese territory of Macau will allow casinos to reopen Friday after a 15-day closure imposed to help block the spread of China’s coronavirus outbreak..

The territory’s finance secretary, Lei Wai Nong, announced the decision Monday at a news conference, according to Macau broadcaster TDM.

The closure since February 5 hurt major casino operators including Wynn Resorts Ltd. and Las Vegas Sands Corp. Casino gambling is a major industry in Macau, a former Portuguese colony west of Hong Kong on China’s southern coast.

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