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Crown Melbourne to remain closed as Victoria extends lockdown

| By Robert Fletcher
Australian land-based casino operator Crown Resorts has confirmed its Melbourne property will remain closed until 10 June at the earliest following the extension of lockdown in the state of Victoria.

The state entered week-long lockdown on 27 May after a rise in novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and related restrictions were due to be eased from today (3 June).

However, with Victoria having recorded more positive Covid-19 cases during the week-long lockdown, the government announced that restrictions would stay in place until 10 June.

As such, operations at Crown Melbourne will remain suspended until 11:59pm on 10 June. This will include the temporary closure of gambling facilities as well as food and beverage, retail, banqueting and conference amenities.

Takeaway meals or meal delivery services will be permitted, while hotel accommodation will continue to be provided for approved purposes.

“As a result of today’s announcement of the extension of restrictions for a further seven days, Crown Melbourne will stand down the majority of its staff, but will continue to support them financially by paying a one off discretionary payment,” Crown said.

“Crown has previously announced that it will pay Crown Melbourne employees’ rostered hours and salaries (as applicable) over the initial seven-day lockdown period.”

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