Adelaide casino reopens after COVID-19

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Adelaide casino reopens after COVID-19

SkyCity Adelaide has been able to reopen, since the state has consistently posted a low number of COVID-19 cases.

Casino Aus reports SkyCity Entertainment officially unlocked the doors of its Adelaide Casino on June 29, after having closed on March 23 as per government orders.

The casino opening was part of stage three of South Australia’s reopening plan.

It was far from an unconditional reopening though.

They welcomed Premier Rewards members only, and the operating hours were limited.

SkyCity implemented physical distancing measures, increased cleaning protocols and provided hand sanitiser to all guests and employees.

The casino also set up a contact tracing system.

SkyCity Adelaide general manager David Christian noted that the plan was a comprehensive one to ensure the safety of staff and guests.

“With a workforce of more than 1,200 South Australians, our priority has remained getting our team back to work safely as we enter a historic period for SkyCity with the opening of our expansion and hotel later in 2020.”

On July 9, Casino Adelaide announced it would open its doors even more.

The general public would be permitted to enter, though they were required to sign up for the rewards program in order for them to gain access. This began on July 12.

There was a brief suspension of new signups on a few dates – July 20, 25 and 26 – due to the expectation of larger crowds to watch AFL games. Otherwise, the reopening continued.

Poker is the exception to the reopening, which is an important part of the property. It is indefinitely on hold.

The Casino Adelaide website provides no details on poker plans however, this is the situation in most places in Australia.

For example, Sydney’s Star Cinema announced last week its poker room will remain closed for the rest of the year.

The game involves a necessary amount of exchanged goods and interactions, many of which cannot be rearranged to allow for social distancing or proper sanitary processes.

Players all touch the cards and chips, as does the dear.

Casino Adelaide originally opened in December 1985 on the north edge of the Adelaide city centre in the old railway station building.

Adelaide Casino grew consistently through the 1990s, and SkyCity Entertainment Group bought it in the summer of 2000.

Some of the biggest area renovations happened in 2014 and 2015, but SkyCity announced a massive expansion in 2017.

With the South Australian government’s approval, SkyCity announced a $330 million development to transform the Adelaide Casino into a “world-class entertainment hub on the Festival Plaza forecourt, adjacent to the Torrens River.”

It was to be part of the larger Festival Plaza redevelopment.

Construction began in early 2018 with an anticipated completion in 2020.

Everything moved along as a project of that size would do, all with the goal of a 2020 grand opening in mind.

Despite the shutdown in March, work did continue on the project, as the Australian government deemed construction as essential work.

SkyCity didn’t lose any time on the expansion, reporting that is progressed on budget and on time.

SkyCity launched Eos by SkyCity and began accepting bookings for the 120-room luxury hotel.

Just earlier this month, the company announced a partnership with Pirate Life to set up a fully-functional microbrewery inside the District at SkyCity.

The PirateLife microbrewery will share Level 1 space with the Sports Bar and PokerZone and Bistro, alongside live entertainment.

The project has created nearly 1000 jobs during the construction and just started the recruitment process for 700 employees for the entire property.

Some of those roles will continue through the middle of 2021 and others will continue indefinitely.

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