Marina Bay Sands Casino Reopens, 2-Person Gaming Limit in Place
On August 5, The Marina Bay Sands Casino resort stated that it had reopened its facilities. This came after the venue closed on July 22, when multiple cases linked to a new Covid 19 cluster emerged from the casino. The immediate closure was to allow for deep cleaning of the premises.
The Marina Bay Sands is operated by Sands China Ltd, a subsidiary of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. They made the announcement on the resort’s website. It stated that that the venue was limiting the number of people in private gambling rooms.
Also, each gaming table would allow no more than two patrons. Electronic gaming machines and slots would allow one person each and be placed at least one meter apart.
This development comes as other venues and attractions around the Marina Bay Sands have resumed operations but adhering to strict safety, hygiene, and testing standards. They also stated that vaccination rates among the staff had reached nearly 90%.
Management highlighted its efforts to increase the frequency of Covid-19 testing for staff, “depending on their job risk profiles and vaccination status.”
On Thursday, the health authorities confirmed one more case of Covid 19 in the Marina Bay sands cluster, bringing the total to 60 infections as of that day.
By Thursday at 12pm, the state Ministry of Health had confirmed 96 locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 infection, plus two imported cases.
For now, the Marina Bay Sands is operating its gaming activities at limited capacity until August 18, in line with the tight community safe management measures placed by the government in late July. Authorities raised the alert level to Phase 2.
Similarly, rival casino complex, Resorts World Sentosa, operated by Genting Singapore Ltd. Management also earlier announced that they’d maintain a reduced guest capacity until August 18.