France, Oct. 9 -- Casinos in Nepal were reopening after months of Covid-led shutdown as the authorities eased health restrictions and waived taxes in a desperate gamble to revive international tourism that props up the domestic economy.

Nepal imposed a nationwide lockdown on 24 March 2020, called it off four months later but some health restrictions returned in larger cities of the country in April this year until they were completely lifted late last month.

Relaxed rules

It scrapped a seven-day quarantine rule for all foreigners, resumed issuing visas on arrival tofully-vaccinatedinternationaltravellersand droppedremaining restrictions it imposed on the tourism industry since March last year.

"The casinos are (now) allowed to resume ...