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Singapore casinos to reopen on 1 July

The casinos at Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa are among 13 Singapore entertainment attractions granted permission to reopen from this Wednesday 1 July.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry and Singapore Tourism Board announced Sunday that it had granted permission for the attractions to open following careful assessment of reopening proposals.

However, operations will be limited to no more than 25% of normal capacity and subject to strict health and safety measures.

In a press release issued late Sunday, Marina Bay Sands said it was restricting casino access to Sands Rewards Club members holding Gold status and above, plus Annual Levy Holders.

“The casino will also abide by strict safe management measures,” MBS said. “There will be limitations on the number of patrons at each gaming table, while seats at the electronic gaming machines and slots will be at least one meter apart. Safe Distancing Ambassadors will be deployed to ensure that there are no bystanders.

“Customer-facing team members will don masks and face shields, and will sanitize their hands before and after shifts at gaming tables.”

MBS, which said it has trained over 1,000 staff to take on safe distancing roles, will also reopen its ArtScience Museum and Sands SkyPark.

Resorts World Sentosa will open its casino and Universal Studios Singapore from 1 July, followed by SEA Aquarium from 4 July.

The return of some casino operations comes almost two weeks after Singapore entered Phase 2 of easing COVID-19 restrictions, with both MBS and RWS opening some retail and F&B outlets.

Both companies had suspended all operations in early April.

Aside from facilities at the two IRs reopening this week, other entertainment facilities given permission to resume partial operations include Singapore Zoo, Madame Tussauds, Bounce, Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, Jurong Bird Park, River Safari and Zero Latency.

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