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Australia – Crown Melbourne allowed to reopen a limited number of slots and ETGs

By - 9 November 2020

Crown Melbourne has received approval to commence the operation of a limited number of electronic gaming machines and electronic table games in accordance with restrictions agreed with the Victorian Government.

These include restricting operation to ten designated VIP areas, each with a maximum capacity of ten patrons with no smoking permitted, physical distancing between patrons with every second electronic gaming machine and electronic table game deactivated, restricting patron activity to 90-minutes per day, a COVID Marshal for each area and enhanced hygiene protocols.

Gaming operations are expected to commence from Thursday, 12 November 2020.

In addition, following the Victorian Government’s recent announcements regarding the easing of restrictions in Victoria, select retail outlets re-commenced operations from 28 October 2020, select food & beverage outlets re-commenced operations from 2 November 2020 and Crown Towers Melbourne re-opened today in accordance with Victorian Government restrictions.

Crown Aspinalls ceased operations with effect from 5 November 2020 following the Government’s announcement of new restrictions in the United Kingdom.

Ken Barton, Crown’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We have been working for some time with the Victorian Government and health authorities to determine how we can safely re-open Crown Melbourne and have developed extensive physical distancing and hygiene measures to allow re-opening in a safe manner. We are pleased to be able to commence the process of welcoming back our employees and customers to Crown Melbourne.”

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