Singapore Casinos Can Now Resume Standing Bets
As of August 19, Singapore’s two casino resorts have been allowed to loosen their capacity limits for non-gaming attractions. This allowance also now covers standing bets at table games.
The casinos can now allow standing bets but have to abide by strict safe management measures, for instance, the 1-meter distance between persons and a maximum of 5 players per table, including the dealers.
Also, the casinos will enforce restrictions on the consumption of food and beverages to the food areas only and not on the gaming floors.
The two casino resorts, Resorts World Sentosa, operated by Genting Singapore Ltd, and Marina Bay Sands, run by Sands China Ltd, can now enjoy these new adjustments. Similar properties have now been allowed to increase their guest capacity to 50 percent of their pre-pandemic levels, up from 25 percent from July.
Singapore has been through multiple phases of lockdown and openings since the end of 2020. This is hopefully the last of such restrictions for casino operators as the state moves to shift from continuous limitations to mass vaccination and case management as a more sustainable strategy.
These changes align with the tourism authority's recent statement that the government had relaxed COVID 19 measures for gated venues across the state. The actions that were part of the Phase 2 restrictions ran from July 22 to August 18.
However, the resorts are still required to abide by the hygiene requirements known as “SG Clean.” It refers to the certification for good hygiene practices in Singapore.
In that regard, the Singapore Tourism Board stated that they will continue to carry out regular checks to ensure all venues are operating in a safe environment for guests and staff. And that they are complying with government-issued safe management measures.