New COVID-19 Outbreak Forces Australian Casinos to Suspend Once Again
New Massive Restrictions Due to Rising Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases in a number of Australian states forced land-based casinos to temporarily limit their work. It is reported about the complete closure of several gambling facilities in the regions where the most severe epidemiological situation is observed. The lockdown should last at least two weeks.
The governments of New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia have tightened public order rules as COVID-19 cases have risen in recent weeks. As such, land-based casino operators in these states will be required to reduce or completely cease their gaming operations until the new restrictions are lifted.
Thus, Crown Sydney Casino in New South Wales is reported to be closed until at least July 9th. This will apply to the catering establishments and meeting rooms of the facility. In addition, the Star Entertainment Star Sydney Casino is also being forced to stop accepting visitors until July 9, although the resort hotel will continue to operate on a limited basis.
The Western Australian Government has also introduced new protections in the Perth and Peel regions, according to which gambling operators will have to suspend all gambling activities for at least three days (until June 30). The Crown Perth Casino will close, but the hotel and dining establishments will remain open during this period.
Queensland authorities have announced new rules that will restrict casino access from 29 June. As such, Star facilities in Queensland will be allowed to continue to operate, but with a limited capacity of one person per four square meters. Visitors will be required to wear masks and remain seated while playing or eating.
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