Gamblers spread out, gaming reduced at Canberra Casino due to coronavirus

Wednesday 18th March 2020

coronavirus, coronavirus, casinio, canberra, canberra casino, casino canberra, casino coronavirusGamblers will be spread out and some table spaces removed from Canberra's casino as part of social distancing measures due to the coronavirus. The Canberra Casino said multiple procedures were put in place following a government ban on non-essential gatherings. "We have removed some chairs from our gaming floor tables to spread out patrons and increase the distance between them," a casino spokeswoman said. "We are spreading out our table opening plan to maximise distances and increase the spread of patrons." All tournaments at the casino have been suspended until further notice. The spokeswoman said no facilities have closed at the casino but social distancing measures were in effect. "We are also spreading out patrons in our restaurant, Natural Nine, to maximise social distancing there and we have our full menu available as takeaway which provides an additional option for our guests," the spokeswoman said. Other casinos across Australia such as Crown have turned off one in every two poker machines and gamblers not allowed to sit side by side. READ MORE: Player numbers have been limited to five seated to a table. Other casinos overseas, such as those in Las Vegas, have shut down operations entirely due to the outbreak of the virus. The casino spokeswoman said monitoring of the coronavirus situation had been under way for several months. "For the past two months, we have increase our already vigilant and detailed cleaning procedures, focusing on high-frequency touch points and using stronger cleaning products," the spokeswoman said. "We have had hand sanitiser widely available to all staff and patrons." Staff have been monitored for flu-like symptoms and staff who have returned from overseas have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days. We have removed our paywall from our stories about the coronavirus. This is a rapidly changing situation and we want to make sure our readers are as informed as possible. If you would like to support our journalists you can subscribe here.

Gamblers will be spread out and some table spaces removed from Canberra's casino as part of social distancing measures due to the coronavirus.

The Canberra Casino said multiple procedures were put in place following a government ban on non-essential gatherings.

"We have removed some chairs from our gaming floor tables to spread out patrons and increase the distance between them," a casino spokeswoman said.

"We are spreading out our table opening plan to maximise distances and increase the spread of patrons."

All tournaments at the casino have been suspended until further notice.

The spokeswoman said no facilities have closed at the casino but social distancing measures were in effect.

"We are also spreading out patrons in our restaurant, Natural Nine, to maximise social distancing there and we have our full menu available as takeaway which provides an additional option for our guests," the spokeswoman said.

Other casinos across Australia such as Crown have turned off one in every two poker machines and gamblers not allowed to sit side by side.

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Player numbers have been limited to five seated to a table.

Other casinos overseas, such as those in Las Vegas, have shut down operations entirely due to the outbreak of the virus.

The casino spokeswoman said monitoring of the coronavirus situation had been under way for several months.

"For the past two months, we have increase our already vigilant and detailed cleaning procedures, focusing on high-frequency touch points and using stronger cleaning products," the spokeswoman said.

"We have had hand sanitiser widely available to all staff and patrons."

Staff have been monitored for flu-like symptoms and staff who have returned from overseas have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

For information on COVID-19, please go to the federal Health Department's website.You can also call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call Triple Zero (000)

We have removed our paywall from our stories about the coronavirus. This is a rapidly changing situation and we want to make sure our readers are as informed as possible. If you would like to support our journalists you can subscribe here.

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