Crown Melbourne to remain closed despite lockdown easing in Victoria

| By Robert Fletcher
Crown Resorts has announced that its Melbourne casino will remain closed despite novel coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown restrictions being eased in the Australian state of Victoria.
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The state entered an initial week-long lockdown on 27 May after a rise in Covid-19 cases, though this was then extended by a further week to 10 June as more positive cases were confirmed.

Victoria’s government confirmed that the state will exit lockdown on 10 June, but a number of measures will remain in place in an effort to prevent further spread of the virus. These include citizens only being permitted to travel 25km from their home and capacity limits for retail shops, restaurants and cafes.

Crown said while its hotel and food and beverage facilities at Crown Melbourne will re-commence operations from 11 June, gaming activities will remain halted until restrictions are eased further.

The operator added that it will continue to financially support staff who remain stood down – including the majority of gaming operational staff – by paying an additional discretionary payment. 

The latest data released by the Victorian government showed there was just one new case of Covid-19 in the state yesterday (8 June), while Victoria’s seven-day average was five positive cases.

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