Gaming and hospitality operations at Crown Perth will remain suspended for at least another four days after the government of Western Australia announced the implementation of interim restrictions for the Perth metropolitan region.
Perth had been placed into a three-day “circuit-breaker” lockdown from last Friday after a Victorian man who had been in hotel quarantine in Perth later tested positive upon returning home to Melbourne. It is believed the man, who had visited a number of locations across Perth upon completing his stay in quarantine, acquired the disease from an infectious family quarantining in the same hotel.
With no new cases reported on Saturday or Sunday, Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan confirmed Monday that the lockdown would be lifted starting Tuesday but that interim restrictions would remain in place until Saturday 1 May 2021.
Those restrictions mean that gaming activities at Crown Perth will remain suspended and all food and beverage, banqueting and conference facilities suspended, with only some hotel operations continuing in a reduced capacity.
Crown Perth was closed for over three months last year, from 23 March until 27 June, following the global outbreak of COVID-19.
The company’s Perth operations remain the focus of an ongoing Royal Commission currently being held in Western Australia in response to the findings of an inquiry into Crown’s operations held in the state of New South Wales.
The subsequent Bergin Report found Crown unsuitable to retain its NSW casino license, although the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority has flagged the likelihood that the license will be reissued later this year.