Casinos To Benefit As Singapore Eases COVID-19 Restrictions
Singapore started to ease restrictions that were in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 on Monday 14th June. The state health authorities reported that 18 new cases were reported on Monday.
As a result, Singapore’s casinos, among other activities, have been allowed to relax some of the measures they had set earlier.
The Ministry of Health stated that the city would gradually reopen economic activity and move to phase three (heightened alert), as is locally known.
This development affects the city’s two casino resorts, Marina Bay Sands, run by Las Vegas Sands Corp., and Resorts World Sentosa, operated by Genting Singapore Ltd. Both had in previous weeks enforced several restrictions at their venues.
Marina Bay Sands, for instance, previously had a limit of two players allowed at a table. This is no longer in effect, and the management now says that all persons over 21 years of age are welcome to the property.
Similarly, Resorts World Sentosa stated that some of its properties and attractions would be operating at revised capacities on its website. They confirmed that they would now be increasing their capacity by 25%. However, some of their attractions, like Adventure Cove Waterpark, will remain closed for another week at least.
Like the casinos, many other businesses have also increased their operating capacity from 25 percent to 50 percent. Such locations include museums, hotels, public libraries, cruises, and other attractions.
Events and live performances have also been allowed to resume, and the crowd size increased. Even hotels and other recreational areas can now allow more people to access them at a time.
According to the state authorities, the easing of restrictions is in two steps. The second will commence on 21st June if the virus remains under control. After then, attractions that involve revelers removing their masks will resume, like the waterpark.