Singapore casinos mandate fully vaccination for entry

by Charlotte Lee Last Updated
Singapore casinos mandate fully vaccination for entry

The two casinos in Singapore have implemented a new proof of vaccination requirement.

GGR Asia reports that Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa have implemented the new entry measures for gaming patrons, requesting proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

Marina Bay Sands said in a message on its website that its casino is only open to people who are “fully vaccinated, have a valid negative pre-event test result, or have a valid exemption” from such a test, or have proof of recovery from COVID-19.

“If a customer is accompanied, the total party should have no more than two persons,” the announcement said.

Resorts World Sentosa said that: “In line with the latest COVID-19 regulations, only fully vaccinated persons are permitted to enter the casino.”

Both resorts have previously reported COVID-19 cases having visited their respective properties.

Resorts World Sentosa, operated by Genting Singapore also affirmed that a maximum of two players were allowed simultaneously per gaming table and that alternate slots and electronic table game machines were being “kept empty”.

The property added that acrylic shields were installed at table games, poker machines and electronic table games machines.

Marina Bay Sands is run by a unit of US-based casino group Las Vegas Sands Corp, which is also the parent of Macau operator Sands China.

Marina Bay Sands implements safe-distancing measures

The Marina Bay Sands statement also reiterated that under safe-distancing measures there were “limitations on the number of patrons in private salons and at each gaming table, while electronic gaming machines and poker machines will be placed at least one metre apart.”

The property added the gaming tables could accept no more than two patrons at once, and only one customer was allowed per machine or electronic table game position.

From October 20, Marina Bay Sands will implement its so-called “vaccination-differentiated safe management measures” across the entire property, including the hotel and shopping mall.

On October 9, Singapore’s Ministry of Health said its vaccination-differentiated safe management measures would be expanded.

A requirement for customers to be fully vaccinated, already applied at certain types of food and drink outlets, was to be expanded to include shopping malls and attractions.

In the latest update from Singapore’s Ministry of Health, 84 per cent of the Singapore population had received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine and 85 per cent had received at least one dose.

Starting from October 18, Singapore will admit tourists from the United States.

Conditions are that such visitors must pay in advance for a COVID-19 test to be conducted on arrival and the individual will then be required to isolate either in a hotel or residential address until they receive a negative test result.

The move is part of the city-state’s “Vaccinated Travel Lane” program which began on September 8, with applications to visitors from Brunei and Germany.

From Monday, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK will be added to the program, as well as the US.

On November 14, South Korea will be added to the scheme.

Malaysian casino reopening delayed

The opening of a casino in neighbouring Malaysia has been delayed in order to allow the adult population vaccination rate to increase to 90 per cent.

Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture named Genting Highlands, home of Resorts World Genting, as one of three tourism destinations it was looking to reopen by 1 October as part of a domestic tourism bubble.

RWG has been closed since June 1 under Malaysia’s nationwide lockdown, however the company recently revealed that around 95 per cent of its Malaysian staff had been vaccinated as of late August.

In the three months to 30 June 2021, Genting Malaysia reported a net loss of US$87.4 million, due to ongoing global COVID closures.

The delay to reopening follows intervention from Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who declared that tourism destinations would only be allowed to reopen once 90 per cent of the country’s adult population is fully vaccinated.

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