Crown Resorts gains green-light to resume Perth gaming operations

Blackstone’s recent offer for Crown Resorts has been rejected by the company’s board, citing it “does not represent compelling value”.

Crown Perth has once again received the green-light to resume casino operations, after the Western Australian Government confirmed that restrictions will ease in the Perth and Peel regions, as planned, from 12.01am, Saturday 8 May, subject to no further outbreaks.

Following the imposition of a snap three day lockdown late last month, the facility’s gaming offerings had previously reopened for just two days from Saturday 1 May, before immediate closure was ordered due to the detection of three COVID-19 cases.

With effect from tomorrow (Saturday 8 May), the venue’s casino, including food and beverage facilities within the casino, can recommence operations in accordance with Western Australian Government restrictions. 

These include a requirement of one person per two square metres, a mandate which will also be applicable to nightclubs, which are also set to reopen.

Physical distancing and hygiene protocols remain in place, including the deactivation of every second electronic gaming machine and electronic table game. Crown Perth continues to operate all hotels, non-casino food and beverage venues, banqueting and conference facilities. 

Confirming the latest lift of restrictions, the company says: “Crown expects to commence operating under the revised restrictions from the morning of Saturday, 8 May 2021 and will continue to work closely with the relevant authorities in Western Australia and will respond to measures taken by the Western Australian Government in relation to COVID-19.”

Restrictions will remain in place until 12.01 am on Saturday 15 May, with major stadiums, including Optus Stadium, RAC Arena, HBF Park and HBF Stadium – Main Arena, also permitted to reopen and operate at 75 per cent capacity, with masks mandatory.

Masks are only required in the settings of public transport, hospitals aged care and disability facilities, and large events with more than 1,000 people.

There’s a 100-person limit in all homes, for private indoor or outdoor gatherings; and a 200-person limit on weddings and funerals. People who wish to have more than 200 people must apply for an exemption.