New COVID-19 outbreak forces Australian casinos to suspend operations once again
New massive restrictions due to an increase in the incidence of coronavirus infection (COVID-19) in a number of Australian states have forced land-based casinos to temporarily limit their operations. It is reported about the complete closure of several gambling sites in the regions where the epidemiological situation is the most severe. Restrictive measures are expected to last at least two weeks.
The governments of New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia have tightened public order regulations due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. Thus, land-based casino operators in these states will have to reduce or completely stop their gaming operations until the new restrictions are lifted.
Thus, it is reported that Crown Sydney Casino in New South Wales will be closed until at least July 9. This will apply to the facility’s food service establishments and meeting rooms. In addition, the Star Entertainment Star Sydney Casino is also forced to stop accepting visitors until July 9, although the hotel at the resort will continue to operate on a limited basis.
The Western Australian government has also imposed new protections in the Perth and Peel regions that will require gambling operators to suspend all gaming activity for at least three days (until June 30). The Crown Perth Casino will close, but the hotel and catering establishments will continue to operate during this period.
Queensland authorities have announced new regulations that will restrict access to casinos beginning June 29. Thus, Star facilities in Queensland will be allowed to continue operating, but with a limited capacity of one person per four square meters. Visitors will be required to wear masks and remain in their seats while playing or eating.
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