Casino & games

Crown Resorts Perth to reopen after Western Australia’s three-day lockdown

| By Marese O'Hagan
Crown Resorts’ Perth, Western Australia location is set to reopen following a three-day lockdown implemented by the Western Australia government due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

All facilities, including gaming and non-gaming operations, can open from 1 May 2021 under continued restrictions.

Social distancing and hygiene protocols will remain in place.

The lockdown began on Tuesday, 27 April and prohibited gaming activity, food services and conventions from happening in casinos. Hotel and ancillary services, like takeaway dining, could continue to run.

Pubs and café’s continued to operate as normal during the lockdown, but casinos, gyms and nightclubs had to remain closed.

Reports say the lockdown was announced after a man contracted Coronavirus in hotel quarantine and socialised in the community while infectious.

In March, Crown upped activity at its Melbourne location after Coronavirus restrictions were eased by the Victoria state government.

Following the Bergin inquiry and subsequent report into Crown’s New South Wale licence in February, state authorities launched an investigation into Crown Melbourne’s ability to hold a casino licence. A similar review then commenced for its suitability to hold a licence for the Perth location.

The report found evidence to suggest failing to comply with regulatory requirements relating to junket operations, resulting in a AUS$1m fine.

In March, private equity company Blackstone placed a bid to acquire Crown for AUS$8.02bn (£4.47bn/€5.21bn), but later added a condition allowing it to cancel the deal if a regulator suspended its licence.