Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which as of the 6th of April is present in over two hundred countries, casino facilities located in Singapore are the latest ones to shut down their operations temporarily. This news came shortly after the government of Singapore had ordered the state’s two integrated casino resorts to shut down their operations at least for thirty days as the government is working on stepping up its efforts to prevent spreading of a coronavirus pandemic which according to the latest reports have killed six residents of the state.
Globally looking, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic resulted in over 74,800 deaths while over 277, 000 infected individuals have recovered. At the same time, there are more than 1.34 million cases of infections recorded around the globe. Efforts taken by governments in order to prevent the coronavirus spread include quarantines, travel restrictions, curfews as well as event cancellations and postponements, hazard controls at workplaces and facility closures and this includes casino venues operating across the globe.
Resorts World Sentosa Closing Its Casino and Suspending Hotel Reservations
As the government of Singapore ordered the state city’s gambling and entertainment facilities to shut down their operations until at least the 4th of May, the iconic Resorts World Sentosa venue and even bigger Marina Bay Sands will be shuttered. At the same time, the nation of over 5.7 million residents has also temporarily closed workplaces which are non-essential while the government has instituted that everyone is homeschooled.
The Resorts World Sentosa facility opened its doors ten years ago on the 20th of January. It is located on the Sentosa island and operated by Genting Group. Some of the key attractions of the Resorts World Sentosa venue include its two casinos, a massive theme park Universal Studios, and many others. The venue’s officials issued an official statement several days ago to reveal that the facility’s casino floor will be closed for at least four weeks.
The venue’s officials also said that restaurant and hotel reservations are also temporarily suspended as ordered by the state’s government. The officials also added that the venue’s beverage and food outlets which support daily living needs will remain open for deliveries and takeaway. At the same time, those non-gaming operations including the resort’s Adventure Cove Waterpark and Universal Studios Singapore attractions were also decommissioned.
Marina Bay Sands Following the Same Steps
Owned and operated by Las Vegas Sands, Marina Bay Sands is one of the biggest integrated casino and hotel resorts in Asia. The resort opened its doors ten years ago on the 27th of April in 2010. At the time of its opening, Marina Bay Sands was billed as the most expensive casino property in the world valued at $5.88 billion. The property includes a hotel area with over two thousand and five hundred rooms alongside a convention center, museum, two theatres, a mall and of course, a massive casino floor with five hundred gaming tables and over one thousand and six hundred slots machines.
For its part, officials at Marina Bay Sands issued a very similar press release in which they informed all interested patrons that its casino floor will remain shut for at least thirty days. The officials also said that other resort operations and services will be also closed while all restaurant and hotel bookings are canceled while guests will get their money back. Before these closure measures, the state-city had already banned foreign visitors while two integrated casino resorts were ordered to institute safety and protection measures including safe-distancing and limiting the number of visitors and players allowed to gamble at their casinos.