Crown Sydney prepares to reopen after more than 100 days

by Charlotte Lee Last Updated
Crown Sydney prepares to reopen after more than 100 days

Crown Resorts in Sydney is set to reopen its doors for the first time in 104 days and a big celebration is planned.

News.com.au reports that the luxury resort, which reopens on October 11, has bookings in high demand and there’s plenty for staff to do.

With 349 rooms, suites and villas in the hotel, there’s a lot that has gone into getting things ready for guests to enjoy again in line with government directions.

This has entailed making 420 beds, fluffing 2500 pillows, rolling 1500 face towels and vacuuming 24,400 square metres of floor.

It’s not just the cleaning preparation that has been through the roof, with the hotel revealing its insane food order.

Crown’s culinary team buy up big

Among the mammoth food haul to ensure Crown’s 11 restaurants and bars are fully stocked were 15,000 oysters, 100 kilograms of lobster, 100 kilograms of molluscs and 3000 kilograms of beef, chicken and lamb.

Not to mention more than 1000 bunches of herbs.

The culinary team have also ordered in an abundance of fresh produce, seafood and meat, all from local suppliers impacted by the 15-week COVID-19 stay at home order.

Crown Sydney’s chief operating officer Mark Holmes described the excitement of reopening, as akin to that felt at launch in December 2020, explaining there were almost 1500 employees set to return to their roles onsite over the next eight weeks.

“COVID-19 has been devastating for many of us in New South Wales, both in terms of the personal toll on those directly affected by the virus as well as in relation to the toll it has had on industries like hospitality and people’s livelihoods,” Mr Holmes said.

“With the vaccination targets met and health orders in place, we are looking forward to moving forward with care and caution as an industry and getting back to what we do best – creating exceptional experiences for our guests to enjoy.”

Crown Sydney reopens with public health front of mind

In addition to strict compliance with the Public Health Orders that require all employees and guests over 16 to be fully vaccinated, QR code entry requirements, indoor mask wearing when not eating and drinking as well as strict physical distancing and capacity limitations, Crown Sydney will also have in place enhanced cleaning across all areas of the resort with an emphasis on high contact areas as well as hand sanitisters available throughout the resort.

With vaccinated Sydney residents able to leave their homes and travel freely through Greater Sydney on October 11, many are choosing to enjoy their first taste of life after lockdown with a staycation.

Prior to this year’s lockdown in New South Wales, the hotel had fast secured its spot as one of Sydnye’s most popular spots, thanks to its incredible views of the harbour and the hotel’s next level facilities.

As well as getting to sleep on cloud-like mattresses that retail for almost $3000, visitors have access to an infinity pool, tennis courts and a high-end gym, all with sweeping views of the city.

Crown’s Sydney gaming floors no closer to opening

Crown Resorts’ bid to be granted its gaming licence in Sydney continues to struggle, as the state’s regulator said the group still needs to undergo significant change in order to open its gaming floors.

The news that Crown would have to wait longer to open its gaming floors came as the Victorian regulator fined the group $1 million for failing to vet its junket tour partners for criminal links.

Crown was set to open its newest casino in December, but was blocked from doing so by the Bergin Inquiry, which revealed evidence of criminal infiltration and money laundering at its existing Perth and Melbourne casinos.

The NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority said it had renewed three interim liquor licences for the bar areas and restaurants at Crown Sydney, which opened last year, along with the tower’s hotels.

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