Casinos Want Social Distancing Not Shutdown

March 23, 2020 by

The Australian and New Zealand governments are facing resistance from casinos regarding their shutting down operations to help contain the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. They want to institute social distancing measures instead, along with more intense disinfection programmes.

Crown Resorts recently announced that it would tighten restrictions on how many patrons it allowed in its casinos in Melbourne and Perth, slashing the number from 450 to just 100. They said this change will be made in light of the consultations they’ve had with the Victoria and Western Australia state governments.

All other measures related to dealing with the coronavirus will also remain in place. This means that every second gaming machine and electronic table game will be deactivated, distancing at seated table games will be enforced, standing players will be banned, and only five people will be able to take part in table games at a time.

The company is also giving customers and staff unlimited alcohol-based hand sanitizer and increasing the frequency and strength of its cleaning measures. But their refusal to close their doors although many of their counterparts have is giving rise to questions about whether or not they can be deemed a provider of essential services!

SkyCity Entertainment Group, which owns and operates casinos in New Zealand as well as Australia, is also still providing its amenities, albeit with many of the same health precautions in place. Although several large public events scheduled for the SkyCity Theatre and convention spaces have been cancelled, others are still being reviewed with their booking partners and all their restaurants are operating as usual.

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