The Star Casino Sydney Has Restricted Access After COVID Spike

Australian gaming and entertainment company Star Entertainment Group has restricted access to its flagship casino property in Sydney as the Government of New South Wales has provided new regulations.

Such measures were enforced in the midst of a second outbreak affecting neighbouring Victoria, which saw Melbourne declaring the second tight lockout and more recently the country reporting the worst day of new cases since the pandemic started, fuelled by Victoria-recorded infections.

Last week, the NSW government changed its meeting and movement limits, with the health order extending to all hospitality facilities in the area, including The Star Sydney, from Friday 24 July at 12:01 am.

The new limits mean that whilst The Star Sydney is expected to continue to reach a minimum of four square metres per patron, a limit of 300 patrons will now be limited to each separate area within the casino. Additionally, it won’t be possible for patrons to mingle in various places.

In addition, the property will concentrate on priority visits by its highest value guests, with staffing rates to be changed to fit the current operating climate as well.

The Star is introducing operating practises that follow the current requirements, including delineating many different areas utilising the casino floor area of more than 20,000 square metres.

It was further noted that average daily slot and table gaming volumes were comparable with private gaming room rates of H1 FY2020 with a visitor capacity of around 900 patrons from June 19-30.

Previously, Star Sydney began its next reopening stage from the beginning of this month, after the company was forced to discontinue most services, along with the fellow assets of Star Entertainment Group in Brisbane and the Gold Coast from Monday, March 23.

This initially saw the capacity to accommodate up to about 5,000 patrons at any one time , requiring both electronic gaming devices and table gaming positions to function with sufficient signage and measures to ensure a maintained distance of 1.5 metres between individuals who are not from the same household.