SkyCity Adelaide becomes third Australian casino to close as COVID outbreak spreads

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SkyCity recently completed a AU$330 million redevelopment of SkyCity Adelaide.

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SkyCity Entertainment Group has announced the suspension of all gaming and entertainment activities at SkyCity Adelaide for at least the next four days after an outbreak of COVID-19 originating in Sydney continues to spread across state borders.

The closure is in response to the South Australian government imposing new restrictions across the state after three cases of COVID-19 were detected Monday. Under the Level 4 restrictions, non-essential retail outlets must close, only seated food and beverage is allowed, large events have been cancelled and masks made mandatory.

SkyCity said its hotels would remain open to accommodate current guests.

SkyCity Adelaide is now the third Australian casino to suspend operations, with The Star Sydney closed until at least 30 July and Crown Melbourne, closed until today, expected to remain that way with Victorias lockdown measures almost certain to be extended.

The latest wave of COVID-19 sweeping the country began when a limousine driver in Sydney contracted the highly contagious Delta variant while transporting airline crew to their hotel in mid-June.

Sydneys cases have since ballooned to over 1,000 including 97 new cases Monday. The virus has also spread south thanks to a group of removalists who ignored lockdown orders to travel from Sydney to Victoria and on to South Australia, despite two of them having already been informed of a positive test result.

Victoria recorded 12 new cases on Monday.