Some Australian casinos remain closed due to measures and restrictions put in place to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
A number of businesses, particularly those in the hospitality sector, remain closed to customers as part of controls enforced by state officials.
Gambling at casinos is a huge business and widely popular across Australia. But the industry has been hit hard over the past twelve months as some states have struggled to control the spread of Coronavirus.
Additionally, due to the restrictions, many Australians have adapted to a new way of gambling and focused their efforts online. In light of this, online casinos in Australia have experienced an increase in traffic to fill the void left by local offline casino venues.
One of the largest casinos in Australia, Crown Melbourne, remains closed and has announced that it has made the decision to stand down almost all of its staff teams due to a further seven day extension ordered by authorities in the state of Victoria.
According to reports, less than two-percent of residents in Victoria have been vaccinated against Coronavirus and a recent spike is the worst outbreak since October 2020.
With that said, casinos are once again unable to allow customers to enter their premises and engage in gambling activities.
It will be the fourth time during the pandemic that a lockdown has been enforced and that casinos are unable to operate.
The entertainment complex at Crown Melbourne has also suspended all gaming activities until the end of the latest lockdown on 10th June 2021.
A statement has been released by the operator that stated:
Crown Melbourne will continue to work closely with the Government and health authorities in Victoria and will respond to measures taken in relation to COVID-19.
Support packages are currently available for businesses such as casinos to utilise and offset the disruption caused by the latest snap lockdown.
Due to the series of lockdown measures and restrictions imposed in Australia, online casinos that are situated in Australia, along with Australian offshore casinos with access to the market are seeing consistent demand increases for services.
Pokies remains the most popular gaming category throughout the year and the trend is consistent with an increased ratio in the number of people gambling online and the steady increase that the industry was experiencing pre-lockdown.