IPI to temporarily close casino

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IMPERIAL Pacific International on Monday announced it will temporarily close its casino in Garapan in line with the government’s containment measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

In a statement to Variety, IPI said: “To support the public effort on the control of Covid-19 virus, Imperial Pacific International CNMI LLC has decided to close its casino starting 12 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17 until further notice.”

The health and safety of casino customers and employees have always been IPI’s top priority, it added.

This measure will help reduce social engagements and associated health risks, IPI said, adding that “putting public interests above business interests has always been one of its’ guiding principles.”

IPI said it will update the public and its partners on when the casino will reopen, taking into account guidance from public health authorities.

“We look forward to welcoming back our customers and employees at that time. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your continued support and business,” IPI added.


On Monday afternoon, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres issued Executive Order 2020-04 declaring a public health emergency in the CNMI.

In his declaration, the governor ordered a two-week government shutdown for non-essential agencies, social distancing, prohibition of gathering of 50 people or more, travel restrictions for government employees and restrictions on nonresidents traveling to the CNMI.

Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said the Covid-19 Task Force will track down people who may have had contact with individuals of confirmed Covid-19 cases on Guam.

“That is basically our next step. We have obtained the list and we are going to make sure that we do that tracking,” she said.

There was no confirmed case in the CNMI at this point of time, she said on Monday, “but we are screening and doing everything we can to identify.”

“We want to be able to know what’s in our community so that we can take our next step,” she added.

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