Considering the extent of the pandemic and its impact, one would have never seen casinos opening up anytime soon. However, Nepal has come forward as an example and has kick-started its journey towards re-opening the entertainment industry. To be specific, after an 18-month break, the state has finally decided to open its casino industries and help people relish in excitement.
Moving in line with the decision of the District Administration Office of Kathmandu on September 1, the Nepal Casino Association (NCA) has once again come together to promote people to explore the age-old activity of gambling. In order to make things stable, the Covid-19 Crisis Management Centre has further directed the NCA to work with the District Covid-19 Crisis Management Centre to ensure that all permissions are sought and completed.
Since Casinos in Nepal have been shut since the 19th of March 2020, this is certainly a big move that is going to benefit all parties involved. The benefits that it is going to have on the economy can be understood when one outlines the states of Goa and Sikkim. Not only are their casinos shut but the tourism industry seems to be undergoing losses.
However, the state of Sikkim has put everything behind and decided to open up its casinos, while the government of Goa is yet to make a decision.
Speaking further on the topic, Ports Minister Michael Lobo has said that the government of Goa needs to consider re-opening casinos in the state after thoroughly assessing the Covid situation in the country. So if the Covid situation improves, we could see Goa following the queue with Nepal in opening up casinos. While casinos have been shut in the state for a long time, the government did allow cafes and restaurants to continue operations.