In Australia and local casino firm Crown Resorts Limited has reportedly announced that its Crown Perth facility is to begin emerging from its coronavirus-related lockdown on Saturday although its sister Crown Melbourne venue is remaining shuttered.
According to a report from Inside Asian Gaming, the Sydney-listed operator was forced to temporarily close the two properties from March 23 as the number of Australians infected with the potentially-deadly coronavirus strain hit 1,887. However, the state of Western Australia has now purportedly decided to allow the casino within the 1,196-room Crown Perth to re-open as it is currently dealing with only three active cases, all of which are said to have picked up the highly-contagious ailment whilst travelling overseas.
Crown Perth’s gaming floor will re-open at 50% capacity from June 27 and subsequently be operated under a strict set of interim public health measures that are to require guests to maintain a minimum social distance of around six feet. The source detailed that these safeguards will moreover see the venue increase the distance between its slots and gaming tables and prohibit more than five patrons from being allowed to simultaneously play at any one game.
Ken Barton, Chief Executive Officer for Crown Resorts Limited, reportedly used an official filing to declare that his firm’s Crown Perth property is to furthermore re-open its ‘gaming floor food and beverage outlets’ from Saturday under a series of ‘enhanced hygiene protocols’ that have been formulated in cooperation with the government of Western Australia.
Reportedly read the statement from Barton…
“Our priority is to the health and safety of our employees, customers and the community. The physical distancing and hygiene measures have been developed in consultation with the government, Commissioner of Police and Chief Health Officer to allow re-opening in a safe manner. We look forward to welcoming back many of our employees and customers to Crown Perth.”
Some 1,700 miles to the east and Inside Asian Gaming reported that the 1,604-room Crown Melbourne is to remain shuttered for the foreseeable future after last week saw Victoria record a spike of some 116 new coronavirus cases. This outbreak prompted Premier Daniel Andrews to reimpose a stringent set of lockdown measures until at least July 19 amid rising fears that the nation’s second most populous state could be experiencing a second wave of the potentially-deadly ailment.