Australia – Australia’s largest gaming and entertainment group; Crown Resorts, has announced that it has stood down thousands of staff members following the decision to enforce a ban on gaming and non-essential services in the country.
Employees in Crown Resorts’ Perth and Melbourne establishments have been stood down due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
According to reports, the firm has said that they were forced to reduce the workforces to mitigate the effects of the virus as the Australian government forced gaming corporations to close.
Ken Barton, chief executive officer of Crown Resorts explained:
“We have taken the tough but necessary decision to stand down a large number of our employees. I have a deep gratitude to our employees for their understanding and commitment during this painful and highly uncertain time. We are continuing to investigate ways in which we can support our employees on an ongoing basis.”
Reportedly, part-time and full-time members of staff and casual workers have been stood down and provided with two weeks’ wages and lump sum payment of one thousand dollars.
Whilst gaming activities in Australia are suspended, the company is reducing operating costs by up to 30 million dollars.
“We will continue with the construction of Crown Sydney which remains on track for completion progressively from the end of this year, absent any further impact relating to COVID-19. As a result of today’s announcement, Crown is well placed to withstand an extended period of closure.”
Crown Resorts, established in 2007, owns and operates two of Australia’s leading gambling and entertainment complexes, Crown Melbourne and Crown Perth.