The Star Entertainment Group has announced that, with the lifting of a 300-customer limit per location, it will be able to increase occupancy at its Sydney casino from 1,800 guests to 10,000 from December 7.
Following the announcement by the NSW Government on 2 December 2020 concerning COVID-19 related restrictions applicable to larger hospitality venues which includes The Star Sydney, on 2 December 2020, it will be able to increase with effect from 7 December 2020.
Matt Bekier, Star’s managing director and chief executive, 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 meterage 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.”