Australian casinos confirm closures

In line with government orders, the various casino operators of Australia confirmed the suspension of their operations on Monday.

Crown Resorts CEO Ken Barton said, “Covid-19 has created unprecedented challenges for Crown and many others in Australia. In accordance with the statements issued by the Commonwealth Government and the Direction of the Victorian Deputy Chief Health Officer, we have closed certain of Crown’s facilities in Melbourne and Perth. Crown is a major employer in both Victoria and Western Australia with over 18,500 people working across our complexes. We continue to balance our responsibilities to our people in a manner which is in the interests of the health and safety of Crown employees, customers and the broader community.”

Crown will continue to provide hotel accommodation, although at a reduced capacity.

SkyCity CEO Graeme Stephens said, “We respect the Australian government’s decision to close the Adelaide Casino in order to combat the spread of Covid-19. We are now very focused on addressing the welfare of our 1,000 employees in Adelaide.”

However, since the closure requirements do not currently apply to construction sites, SkyCity will continue work on its Adelaide expansion project.

The Reef Casino Trust also announced the closure of the Reef Casino Hotel in Cairns.