The announcement comes in accordance with temporary restrictions imposed by the Victorian Government, and arrives two weeks after the venue was required to suspend the majority of its activities as Melbourne went into another Covid-19 lockdown.
Victoria entered an initial week-long lockdown on 27 May due to a rise in cases, but this was extended by another week as further cases were confirmed.
Friday will see the return of many of Crown Melbourne’s operations, but gaming activities at the facility remain suspended. The operator noted that it will continue to support staff during these uncertain times.
“Crown Melbourne will continue to financially support staff who remain stood down, including the majority of gaming operational staff, by paying an additional discretionary payment. This includes eligible casual staff,” a statement from Crown read.
“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.”
Crown Melbourne is currently subject to a royal commission by the Victorian Government, after a New South Wales inquiry found the operator unsuitable to run its newly built casino in Sydney.