Crown Casino is preparing for a full re-opening in Perth. The lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in Western Australia has meant that the operator will open its door to the public on June 27. With Victoria in the grids of a second wave of coronavirus cases, it means that the Melbourne Casino will remain shut over the next couple of months. Both Crown facilities in the country suspended business since late March.
A spokeswoman from Crown Casino confirmed the Perth venue will be ready to receive punters from this weekend, under new health and safety precautions.
“Crown has worked closely with government and health authorities to ensure that our reopening can be done in a safe manner for the community, and in compliance with all government mandates including physical distancing requirements and hygiene measures,” she said.
“The past few months have been challenging for many Western Australians, and we look forward to welcoming thousands of our employees back to work in coming weeks,” she added.
Casino operations are ready to restart on the gaming hall, with health guidelines set out for food and beverage services.
Under the agreed measures with the Western Australian government, there will be a 2m² rule for social distancing on the gaming floor. Poker will have a maximum of 5 players per table, and every second gaming machine will be switched off.
Given the rise of infections in Victoria, the Perth facility will be under pressure to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to. Crown Chief Executive reaffirmed the casino’s commitment to social distancing:
“Crown’s 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 reopening in a safe manner. We look forward to welcoming back many of our employees and customers to Crown Perth.”
Western Australia has been somewhat unscathed during the coronavirus crisis, with just 3 active cases. The region has remained cut-off from Eastern Australia with tough border restrictions in place. Phase three restrictions will imply that Western Australia will be allowing crowds of up to 30,000 for sports events.