Gaming at Crown Melbourne ends as Victoria enters another lockdown

Crown Resorts Melbourne, Victoria
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Gaming operations at Crown Resorts’ Melbourne property have ceased once more, after the Australian state of Victoria this week entered its sixth lockdown.

This sees Melbourne join the country’s other two largest cities of Brisbane and Sydney in enforcing such measures, as it bids to combat the spread of the Delta variant.

Crown Resorts confirmed the changes to its operations in Melbourne after the Victoria government imposed a seven day lockdown, which it is said will be in effect from 8pm on August 5, 2021 until 11:59pm on August 12, 2021.

This has seen gaming activities ending once more, with food & beverage, retail, banqueting and conference facilities, other than for the provision of takeaway meals or meal delivery services, also ending. Hotel accommodation will continue to be provided for approved purposes.

Crown Melbourne also resumed hotel and food and beverage operations, except those located on the casino floor, at the beginning of last month, with gaming subsequently following on July 28.

Restrictions imposed following that recent easing of restrictions included limiting the maximum capacity in each indoor space to 100 patrons, or the number permitted by the density quotient of one person per four square metres. Physical distancing and hygiene protocols remain in place.

However, with these now tightened coming into place just eight days later, Crown updates that it will “pay Crown Melbourne employees’ rostered hours and salaries (as applicable) over the 7-daylockdown period”

It adds: “Crown Melbourne will continue to work closely with the government and health authorities in Victoria and will respond to measures taken in relation to COVID-19”.

The restrictions put in place by the Victoria government mean that residents may only leave their home for shopping for necessary goods and services, caregiving or compassionate reasons, including medical care or to get a COVID-19 test, authorised work or permitted education, exercise (once a day for 2 hours), or to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

You must stay within 5km of your home for shopping and exercise, although this does not apply to permitted work or education, when giving or receiving care, getting a COVID-19 vaccination or visiting a partner or your single social bubble buddy. Face masks must also be worn indoors and outdoors whenever leaving the home.