Tabcorp Holdings has been forced to shutter a large number of TAB betting shops and agents across Victoria, following a further coronavirus shutdown by state prime minister Daniel Andrews.
Amid a increase of more than 200 new cases in the Melbourne district area on Monday, the Victoria government announced a border closure between Victoria and New South Wales-the two most populous states in Australia.
Yesterday, commenting on more than 800 reported cases within Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire, Andrews implemented another six-week lockout for the city districts, with all non-essential retail businesses being ordered to close.
Tabcorp Holdings reported that in compliance with the lockout orders it was forced to close ‘about 60 percent’ of TAB Victoria venues.
TAB sites were reopened just two weeks before the decision of the Victoria Government.
Tabcorp said it would continue to operate about 270 locations in non-lockdown state areas, and will remain open and tradable.
A Tabcorp statement read: “As a result of the new COVID-19 restrictions covering the Melbourne metropolitan area and the Mitchell Shire region, standalone TAB agencies in the affected area were closed from 11:59 pm last night and will remain closed until either the restrictions are changed, or we receive advice from the Victorian Government that TAB agencies can safely resume trading.
“We are doing our best to support our agency and venue network during this period and to keep our customers informed about the closures and alternative ways to bet with us, including the TAB app and website and telephone betting.”