The gaming industry in Kenya has been particularly hit hard by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and Nairobi casino employees heavily dependent on their barely enough paychecks have been hit harder still, with the government not reopening the industry.
So far, Measures meant to curb the spread of the virus have been eased in various industries, international and domestic flights have resumed, hotels and restaurants and even Churches have been reopened but the Casino doors in the Nairobi suburbs are still shut.
The employees have now taken to social media begging President Uhuru Kenyatta to consider reopening their sources of income. Using hashtag #CasinoMyLivelihood on popular social media platform Twitter, the distraught Kenyans for the past few days continue to plead with the Ministry of Health to let them re-open.
Kenya casinos and betting shops were closed on March 23rd for an indefinite period. Gaming and betting advertisements on radio and TV were also suspended.
“We make reference to our circular dated March 21, and a statement made by the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Health on March 22, indicating that coronavirus has continued to affect the world in an unprecedented way,” said Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB), the gambling authority in Kenya director Peter Mbugi in a memo to betting operators.
“In view of these developments, you are hereby directed to close down all casinos and betting shops with effect from the date of this circular, until further notice.”
Kenya has been in the recent past frustrating the gaming industry and this is another jab to the economy she is trying to salvage.
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