Australia – Crown forced to shut as Victoria imposes third lockdownBy Phil - 27 May 2021
Crown Melbourne has been forced to shut up shop for the third time as the Australian state of Victoria committed to a seven day lockdown.
A hotel quarantine breach has caused a spike in COVID cases with the government saying residents can only leave their home for food and supplies, essential work, exercise with one other person or to get vaccinated. Restaurants, pubs and cafes are limited to takeaways only.
Crown stated: “Following a statement issued by the Victorian Government in relation to the seven-day lockdown in Victoria, with effect from 11:59pm on Thursday, 27 May 2021 until 11:59pm on Thursday, 3 June 2021, the following operations will cease at the Crown Melbourne entertainment complex: gaming activities; and food & beverage, retail, banqueting and conference facilities other than for the provision of takeaway meals or meal delivery services (where determined). Hotel accommodation will continue to be provided for approved purposes. Crown Melbourne will pay employees’ rostered hours and salaries (as applicable) over this period. Crown Melbourne will continue to work closely with the Government and health authorities in Victoria and will respond to measures taken in relation to COVID-19.”