Singapore's casinos shut down, per state orders

Amid Coronavirus fears Singapore shuts down Resorts Wolds Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands 

Singapore had early success in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, but has recently seen figures rise due to cases imported from elsewhere. A record jump in new infections last week, taking its total to 1,114 cases, pointed to the need for a tougher approach. 

Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat.

The two major casino complexes: Resorts World Sentosa , operated by Resorts World at Sentosa Pte Ltd, a unit of Genting Singapore Ltd; and Marina Bay Sands, operated by Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd, a unit of United States-based Las Vegas Sands Corp stayed open until now and both properties have taken steps to ensure that there is not more than one person per 16 square metres of usable space. 

But last Friday a new government order was published that said aside from “essential businesses” other operations should be suspended for 4 weeks as of April 7. Singapore’s two integrated resorts have restricted public access to the casinos to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Hotel bookings for the period between April 7 and May 4 “will be cancelled and refunded accordingly,” said Marina Bay Sands. 

Resorts World Sentosa explained that all attractions, including Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark and Dolphin Island, and the casino would be closed for a month. 

The Singaporean authorities had already banned all foreigners from visiting the city state who would otherwise be entitled either to short-term visitor visas or the right to transit via Singapore. 

Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said in a social media post on Saturday that the government would announce on Monday more financial measures to support businesses and households. 

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