Marina Bay Sands to close until 5 August

By Violeta Prockyte

Marina Bay Sands will now operate under revised capacities and stricter measures.

Its casino, however, will be closed for deep cleaning from 22 July and will likely remain closed until 5 August.

The rest of the property will continue to operate according to adjusted guidelines. The hotel accepts reservations of no more than two people per room, while restaurants can only offer take-out options, and stores at the property are open with limited capacity.  

The operator has a testing regime for all team members working on the property, and the Government has reportedly extended free testing to all guests who visited the casino from 7 July to 21 July.

“In these unprecedented times, we continue to be vigilant on all fronts, working closely with the authorities to respond and adapt quickly to the situation,” said a statement from Marina Bay Sands.

The decision to close the casino came after a new spike in cases was recorded in Singapore, and 11 of the new cases were associated with Marina Bay Sands, as reported by Asia Gaming Brief.

Singapore’s Government had previously reduced safety restrictions in the region, but now the number of cases has grown exponentially. “This is very concerning, as it can affect many people in our community all over the island,” said the Ministry of Health. Singapore has renewed health and safety restrictions until 18 August.

Resorts World Sentosa is another casino affected by the ongoing pandemic. “We are committed to supporting the Multi-Ministry Taskforce and adhering to the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) safe management measures that have been announced in light of the heightened Covid-19 situation,” said the company in the statement.

However, despite the limited capacity of some of its attractions, the casino will likely remain open.

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