The COVID-19 outbreak is deeply impacting casino industries. Employees from various sectors of the casino gaming industry – from commercial and tribal casinos, hospitality and restaurants, the small businesses that support us, are all going through the strict measures taken by the government.
The Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that all workplaces will be closed from Tuesday, 7 April and all schools will move to home-based learning to contain the escalating coronavirus. This means that Singapore’s integrated resorts, Marina Bay Sands, operated by Manila Bay Sands Pte Ltd and Resorts World Sentosa a unit of Genting Singapore Ltd, will shut their services this week. The safe-distancing measure will run through 7 April to 4 May.
It was declared that casino will close earlier on Monday, 6 Aril and the gaming activities will stop at 6 am. “Only selected restaurants and food and beverage outlets, which can support necessary daily living needs of residents, will remain open for takeaway and deliveries,” stated Genting Singapore. Hotel reservations during the closure period “will be cancelled and fully refunded,” it added.
So far, Singapore has reported over 1,000 positive cases and 6 deaths. With only essential services and key economic sectors permitted to continue operating as of this Tuesday, 7 April, Marina Bay Sands announced over the weekend that it would suspend all integrated resort services until Monday 4 May, including the casino, hotel, shops, food and beverage outlets and ArtScience Museum. No new hotel reservations will be accepted, and MBS said it would look to make alternative arrangements for any guests already staying in the hotel who are due to stay beyond the start of the closure period.
In a Friday announcement, what was termed a “multi-ministry taskforce” in Singapore said the “heightened measures” were aimed at reducing “much more significantly movements and interactions in public and private places”. Singapore reported on Sunday its highest daily increase of coronavirus cases, as infections rose among foreign workers housed in massive dormitories, according to the government.
Resorts World Sentose will also suspend most operations including the casino and popular attractions Universal Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark and Dolphin Island. “In the meantime, we will continue to look after our RWS family, including the marine life under our care,” the company said in an announcement.
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