Singapore’s two casinos will be allowed to resume operations July 1 at limited capacity, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Ministry of Trade and Industry confirmed.
Resorts World Sentosa, which is operated by Malaysian gaming and hospitality giant Genting Group, was given the green light to reopen its casino floor as well as its Universal Studios Singapore theme park, and S.E.A. Aquarium that features more than 800 marine species.
At Marina Bay Sands, operated by Las Vegas casino powerhouse Las Vegas Sands, July 1 will see the reopening of the ArtScience Museum, the Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, located on the 57th floor and offering panoramic city views, and the gaming floor.
Singapore’s two integrated resorts as well as many other non-essential businesses have been closed since mid-March to help abort the advance of the coronavirus.
While they are set to reopen their casinos, the facilities at the two resorts will only be allowed to operate at limited capacity to ensure that patrons are provided with enough space to practice social distancing.
Capacity at the two gambling venues will be capped at 25% when they resume operations this coming Wednesday. In addition, access to the casino floors will be limited to existing casino members and annual levy holders.
It should be noted that Singapore’s casinos charge an entry fee that customers are required to pay in order to be allowed access to the gaming tables and slot machines available on the gambling floors.
Providing Safe and Enjoyable Experience
Commenting on the upcoming reopening of Singapore’s two casino resorts and other non-essential businesses, Keith Tan, CEO of the Singapore Tourism Board said that tourism will be reopening “in a safe and gradual manner” and that as this happens, their key priority will be “to ensure that tourism business can provide a safe and enjoyable experience” for guests and visitors.
The tourism official went on to say that there will be some time before the city state “can fully welcome international visitors,” but they hope that Singaporeans and residents of Singapore “will enjoy what our tourism businesses have to offer, in a socially responsible manner.”
News that Resorts World Sentosa and Marina Bays Sands will be allowed to finally resume operations after their nearly four-month hiatus emerge after it became known that Singapore Casino Regulatory Authority together with the city state’s Ministry of Home Affairs mull tighter due diligence processes for casino patrons.
The regulator is planning to lower the threshold for casino transactions that are subject to due diligence to bring them in line with global standards. The move will aim to prevent Singapore’s two casinos from being used to mask money laundering and for financing terrorism.
It also emerged that Marina Bay Sands is under investigation in the US for loose money laundering controls.