Crown Resorts to close Melbourne casino amid Covid-19 pandemic

Australian casino operator Crown Resorts was forced to temporarily close the main playground at its main casino in Melbourne after being denied an exemption from Victoria’s regulations to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Earlier, while many nonessential businesses in Victoria were ordered to close in the face of the global Covid-19 crisis, the Crown State government granted casino operator Crown Resorts an exemption from social distancing rules. The move sparked intense controversy. The Crown’s exemption from social distancing rules has been challenged by health experts who argued that casinos in Melbourne need to play by the same rules as everyone else, as Victoria, like the rest of the world, struggles to curb the spread of the dangerous virus.
Victoria Gov. Daniel Andrews said Saturday that the Crown benefit has been lifted and the casino has been ordered to close its main gambling hall. A senior state official said he was not sure if the actions taken by the operator were appropriate.
The closure of Crown Melbourne is expected to have a huge impact on Victoria’s economy, as the casino hotel complex is the state’s largest private sector with more than 12,500 employees. The crown is also a major source of income. In the past fiscal year, the company paid more than $ 238 million in taxes to the state.

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