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Australia – The Star able to lift customer limit to 10,000 people

By - 6 December 2020

The Star Entertainment Group has confirmed it will be able to increase attendance at its Sydney casino from 1,800 guests to 10,000 from December 7 with the lifting of a 300-customer cap per area.

It follows the NSW Government’s announcement of December 2 2020 about COVID-19 related restrictions that apply to larger hospitality venues (including The Star Sydney), it will be able to increase with effect from December 7 2020.

Matt Bekier, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Star, said: “The easing in operating restrictions includes an increase in the number of patrons as permitted under the 1 person per 2m2 rule (previously 1 person per 4m2) and the removal of the 300 patron cap per area. Notwithstanding these changes, The Star Sydney is still required to comply with the rules regarding spatial distancing between gaming positions. The changes permit The Star Sydney to increase patronage from the current maximum of 1,800 patrons at any one time within the casino area to up to approximately 10,000 patrons, based on the square metreage of the property.”

“In addition, the Queensland Government has also eased some of the operating restrictions that apply to the indoor areas of hospitality venues. As of 17 November 2020, the one person per 4m2 rule has been reduced to one person per 2m2. Further, every gaming machine can now be utilised, and the maximum number of patrons per table has been increased from 4 to 7. Patrons are also able to stand while consuming alcohol. The re-opening of the Queensland border to residents of Greater Sydney and Victoria from December 1 2020 should enhance visitation to The Star Gold Coast property. The easing in operating restrictions across all three properties will enable us to welcome back additional employees as well as an increased number of our members and guests to safe and entertaining environments.”

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