Reopens after a thorough cleaning in the aftermath of the Covid-19 cases.
SINGAPORE – Marina Bay Sands (MBS) has re-opened its casino after it had been temporarily closed after two of its casino employees tested positive for Covid-19.
The casino reopened at 4 p.m. on Wednesday (May 19), after being closed for deep cleaning on Monday at noon, with such an enhanced Covid-19 testing regime in place for staff, according to an MBS spokesman in response to questions from the Straits Times.
Routine testing for front-line employees, which has been done monthly as of early April, will indeed be increased to every two weeks. MBS stated that this will cover approximately 5,600 staff members, including casino personnel.
Another 3,000 staff members who have been in a lower risk category due to their assigned tasks will be subjected to mandatory testing once a month, and testing is also available to the rest of MBS’s remote workers.
“The integrated resort is continuing to operate on amended capacities as well as stricter secure management measures all throughout property, in assistance of the Government’s most recent efforts,” the spokesman said.
She also stated that implementation of secure management measures in staff areas will be stepped up in order to reduce employee inter-mingling.
Those who had close contact with the highly contagious employees have been quarantined or advised to remain at home and have their health monitored.
On Sunday, the virus was confirmed in both casino employees who worked as dealers.
On May 14, one of them, a 35-year-old Singaporean, became ill and went to see a general practitioner. He has indeed tested negative during the scheduled routine testing, the most recent of which was on April 21.
On May 15, a close friend of his, a 36-year-old Malaysian, became sick.
In light of the increased restrictions imposed by the government, the casino has taken precautionary measures such as operating at a reduced capacity and implementing strict secure distancing measures.
Online gambling machines and slot machines would be spaced at least one meter apart, with no more than two patrons permitted at each gaming table. Each slot machine or electronic table entertainment machine will only be able to accommodate one customer.
Client team members will also be forced to wear masks & sanitizing their hands during both during and after their shifts at gaming tables, & high-touch areas and gear will be cleaned on a regular basis.