Singapore – It has been reported that two of Singapore’s casino resorts are to close for a period of one month effective immediately amid growing fears over the impact of Covid-19.
The government of Singapore is stepping up its measures to prevent the spread of the disease, including the introduction of stricter safe-distancing from 7th April 2020.
Both Marina Bay Sands; an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore, and Resorts World Sentosa, an integrated resort on the island of Sentosa, off the southern coast of Singapore, have suspended all services and operations from the 7th April 2020 to 4th May 2020.
According to a report, ‘the casino will close earlier on Monday, 6 April – gaming activities will stop at 6am, the sale of entry levies will cease at 7am and the venue will close at 8am.’
Marina Bay Sands and Genting Singapore both said that hotel bookings between these dates will be cancelled and refunded accordingly and Genting added:
“Only selected restaurants and food and beverage outlets, which can support necessary daily living needs of residents, will remain open for takeaway and deliveries.”
The news comes less than 12 hours after a spike in locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 was recorded, many linked to foreign workers, who have now been quarantined in dormitories where they resided.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stated that ‘It is sobering news, but we had expected this possibility. It was one reason we decided to do the circuit breaker from Tuesday. With people staying away from workplaces, students on full home-based learning, and everyone following tighter safe distancing rules, the new cases should gradually slow down, and we should get into a better position.’