Tourism Casinos and Gaming House Resume Operation in Mauritius

As of Friday, October 1, 2021, land-based casinos outlets, gaming houses, theatres, bars, among others, are now authorized to operate under strict conditions. The government has also decided to ease restrictions on gathering and beach picnics.

Tourism is another sector the authorities have allowed to resume operation so far. Tourists entering the present country certificate of vaccinating will not need quarantine though nightclubs will remain closed, and horse races will still take place behind closed doors. The strict conditions will show that those visiting the casinos and gaming places have to present vaccination cards before entering the venues.

The idyllic holiday destination renowned for its spectacular white sandy beaches hoping to rebuild its vital tourism industry after long months of isolation because of the Covid19 pandemic interestingly, the move was greeted with a mixture of optimism, relief, and some caution in the Indian Ocean paradise, with new regulations.

“This reopening is inevitable because 100,000 families depend on tourism to live,” – Deputy Prime Minister and Tourism Minister Steven Obeegadoo said at a press conference on Thursday.

He said 68 per cent of the 1.3 million populations had been fully vaccinated, and 89 per cent had received at least one dose, among the highest rates in the world. At the same time, vaccination against Covid-19 becomes compulsory for hotels, casinos and sports facilities. The vaccine will not only be mandatory for staff but also for the public who will access these places. The Deputy Prime Minister announced this, he indicated that the High-Level Committee, which met this past week Thursday, September 30, approved this new step in compulsory vaccination.

Meanwhile, over the past few months, the country’s leading casinos outlets, Mauritius Casinos, has laid off forty-one of its employees due to lack of operation caused by pandemic, having turned age 60 as of June 30, 2021. According to the report by E-Play Africa, they have opted for the voluntary retirement plan offered by the State Investment Corporation (SIC), ca. The Mauritius Casinos management said even if the number of employees favourable to the demand does not meet expectations, the administration still shows some satisfaction. Another voluntary retirement plan targeting employees in the 50s to 60 age bracket is in the works. The employees of the Mauritius Casinos, who have chosen voluntary retirement plans, are among those who receive a salary of Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 and who have at least 20 years of service to the company.

Although some senior executives argue, on the condition of anonymity, that “the departure of 41 employees over the age of 60 through the voluntary retirement plan is favorable to restructuring,” these essential changes, it is understood, will be made to allow the organization to relaunch. The authorities have permitted all casinos and gaming houses to be reopened, allowing the four casinos across the country (Curepipe, Grand Casino du Domaine, Caudan, and Grand Baie) to resume operation.

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