Casinos in Nepal allowed to reopen after 18-month shutdown

Casinos were ordered to close when the Covid-19 pandemic began.
Casinos were ordered to close when the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Authorities have allowed casinos to resume operations following the closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic almost a year and a half ago.

Nepal.- Casino venues have been allowed to resume operations in Nepal around 18 months after being ordered to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Surya Bahadur Kunwar, Nepal Independent Hotel, Casino and Restaurant Workers’ Union Central Committee president, said that more than half a dozen casinos have reopened and others are gradually returning to operate.

Taranath Adhikari, a Tourism Ministry spokesperson, also confirmed casinos had been allowed to return to activity.

All gambling venues in Nepal had been shut since March 24, 2020, when authorities imposed a lockdown due to Covid-19. On September 23, the Nepal government rejected a seven-day quarantine prerequisite for all arrivals from abroad and continued giving visas on arrival to foreign visitors who have been vaccinated. 

The Finance Ministry has granted all gambling clubs without any debts to the public authority a full waiver of the annual royalty for the fiscal year 2020-21, which ended in mid-July.

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