The Crown Melbourne, Australia’s biggest casino, will not be reopening after Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews announced that Melbourne would be re-entering stage three shutdown for another six weeks.
The renewed lockout would see people barred for any reason other than employment, food, exercise, or medical treatment from leaving their homes. In addition, restaurants and cafes along with all other entertainment outlets forced to close down operations or provide takeaway and delivery services.
The property said in an announcement posted on its official website: “In line with the Victorian Government’s reintroduction of stage three restrictions, Crown Resorts wishes to advise all our guests that Crown Melbourne will be temporarily closed from July 9 until further notice due to COVID-19.
“The closure of Crown Melbourne is to protect the health and safety of Crown patrons, employees and the broader community.”
Crown Melbourne was closed since March 23 but reopened its in-person dining as part of its phased reopening on June 1st.
The Premier’s announcement came this week after two more Victoria residents lost their lives to coronavirus: “Yesterday, we reached a grim new milestone, the most cases in a single day. Today, we surpassed it,” it read.
“It’s clear we are on the cusp of our second wave – and we cannot let this virus cut through our communities.
“It’s why, based on the advice of the chief health officer, stage three ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions will be reinstated across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July.
“For six weeks, and if you live in these areas, there’ll be only four reasons to leave your home: Shopping for food and essential items. Care and caregiving. Daily exercise. Work and study – if you can’t do it from home. Otherwise: Stay home. Stay home. Stay home. In case it needs repeating, stay home. We are fighting a global and deadly pandemic.”
It continued by confirming the return of companies in Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire to the stage three restrictions: “Restaurants and cafes will return to takeaway and delivery services only. Beauty and personal services will need to close. Entertainment and cultural venues will need to close. Community sport will need to stop.
“I know just how tough this will be for these businesses and for their workers. I promise, we’ll have more to say shortly about support to help get you through.”