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Star turn: Thousands return to work as casinos reopen gaming floors

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The Star Group will bring back 3000 workers as it reopens its Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane casinos.

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The Star Gold Coast and Treasury casinos will reopen their main gaming floors and the private gaming rooms on Friday following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions.

It said the maximum number of patrons within the casino gaming areas at The Star Gold Coast would be about 2600, and 2300 at Treasury Brisbane, determined by a minimum of four square metres per person as required by the Queensland Government.

“Spatial distancing requirements for gaming positions are subject to property specific COVID-Safe plans currently in the process of being approved by the Queensland Chief Health Officer,” Star said.

“The Star expects that its Queensland properties will need to observe spatial distancing requirements for its gaming positions, and to be open to loyalty club members, their guests and the general public.”

The Star Sydney will be able to host up to about 5000 patrons at any one time within the casino area based on expected open areas, determined by a minimum of four square metres per person as required by the NSW Government.

Managing director Matt Bekier said the health and wellbeing of customers and staff remained paramount as Star moved to the next stage of reopening.

“The conservative approach in managing the reopening of The Star Sydney in June 2020 provides us with further confidence in our operating and safety procedures,” he said.

“This next stage enables us to welcome back an additional approximately 3000 employees, as well as a large number of our members and guests to safe and entertaining environments.”

The company is also developing the Queen’s Wharf project and announced earlier this year that it had reached financial close on the $1.6 billion in project funding.

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