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July 30, 2021

Hotels are allowed to continue to remain open and serve guests

Colombia shuts down all casinos until April 15

Colombia shuts down all casinos until April 15
Colombian President Ivan Duque next to Minister of Commerce, Industry & Tourism Jose Manuel Restrepo (left), who explained casinos are spaces where contact between people is greater and therefore are places that favor the spread of the Covid-19.
Colombia | 03/20/2020

In order to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Ministers of Health and Social Protection and Trade, Industry and Tourism decided to temporarily close establishments related to chance and entertainment, among other sectors.

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olombia’s Ministers of Health and Social Protection and Commerce, Industry and Tourism (MinCIT) ordered all places of public gathering such as casinos, nightclubs, family fun centers, amusement parks, and meeting places closed, at least until April 15. Hotels are allowed to continue to remain open and serve guests.

“Recreation and amusement establishments, such as bars, clubs and casinos, are spaces where contact between people is greater and therefore are places that favor the spread of the Covid-19 virus, so it is necessary to temporarily close them,” said Minister of Commerce, Industry & Tourism José Manuel Restrepo, as reported by Finance Colombia.

“In order to guarantee the proper protection of the health of all Colombians, and prevent the spread of the Covid-19 Virus, the Ministers of Health and Social Protection and Trade, Industry and Tourism, through resolution 453 of 2020, resolved to adopt measures sanitary control and temporarily close establishments related to leisure and fun; of dance; chance and entertainment and suspend the work or services of similar activities that involve the meeting of a group of people.”

This measure is in compliance with decree 420 of 2020, which instructs mayors and governors in the maintenance of public order during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic, which prohibits of the consumption of alcoholic beverages in public spaces and commercial establishments, from Thursday, March 19, until May 30, 2020.

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