Marina Bay Sands (MBS) commenced operations after a two weeks closure. Like you may have guessed, the casino’s closure was because of COVID-19 cases that were traced to their venue. MBS was closed since the 22nd of July 2021 and reopened at 6 pm on Thursday (the 5th of August, 2021).
It was gathered that MBS had to shut down for two weeks to undergo deep cleaning because of the pandemic.
Since more than 90 percent of their staff have been vaccinated, the management of MBS decided to reopen the venue.
With about 96 new cases reported on Thursday, it appears that the pandemic is not going away soon.
COVID-19 Cases and Marina Bay Sands
Following the discoveries of 11 cases linked to the MBS casino, the casino venue had to shut down from the 22nd of July 2021. Also, the investigations discovered that there was a possibility of transmission of the pandemic to the general public.
For the two weeks that MBS was closed, they had to undergo deep cleaning of their facility. Aside from cleaning their facility, MBS has to proceed with rapid vaccination of all their staff.
Based on these steps, the management got clearance from the Health Ministry to reopen their facility. Nonetheless, by Thursday night, cases that were linked to the casino had grown to 60. Also, one new case was discovered recently too.
Precautionary Measures Taken by Marina Bay Sands
Like other casinos in Singapore, MBS has also carried out other measures to curb the spread of the pandemic. Notably, MBS also put measures in place that would ensure that their staff undergoes swab tests every three days. Depending on the staff’s vaccination status, it could be every 28 days. Also, the job profile of the staff will determine how consistent the swab will be undergone. Other measures set out by MBS to curb the pandemic are:
Routine Testing: All the staff at MBS that constantly interact with visitors will undergo routine testing. This would ensure that any COVID-19 case is discovered on time.
Gaming Table: The gaming tables at MBS will not have more than two visitors. Also, only one player will be allowed to use a slot or electronic gaming machine.
Eating and Smoking: Eating, drinking, or smoking will not be permitted at MBS venues.
Sanitizing Hands: Casino staff at MBS that interact with visitors have to sanitize their hands before and after their shift at a gaming table. Also, surfaces that are touched regularly will be cleaned more often.
However, MBS retail stores will be open to the public with a limit of one visitor per 16 square meters. Based on MBS casino’s strict compliance, it is very unlikely that COVID-19 will be discovered in their venue.
Highlights of Marina Bay Sands Casino
Marina Bay Sands is the most popular Singapore casino resort, and it’s one of the two land-based casinos in the country. It is located in the Downtown Core district of Singapore. Interestingly, MBS was established about 10 years ago, in 2010. Furthermore, MBS is a Singaporean subsidiary of the Las Vegas Sands corporation. By the time MBS launched in 2010, it was considered the world’s most expensive standalone casino property. MBS cost a whopping US$6.88 billion. Other amazing features of MBS are:
It has a 2,561-room hotel
Occupies a 120,000 square meter
The venue has a mall, museum, and a large theatre
500 tables and 1,600 slot machines
The Singapore Land-Based Casino Market
Like every land-based casino market in the world, Singapore also suffered several losses because of the pandemic. Unlike other casino markets in the world, Singapore has several agencies that regulate the activities of land-based casinos.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Media Development Authority (MDA) are some of the agencies that regulate land-based casino operators in Singapore. For instance, the MHA regulates the casino operator’s payments. Furthermore, the MHA can block payments to unlicensed operators and access to online platforms. Currently, Singapore has only two land-based casinos. The other land-based casino in Singapore is located in Sentosa.
Is MBS Casino Venue Safe for Gambling Now?
Yes, gambling at their venues will be safe, considering the measures put in place by MBS. Don’t forget, MBS staff will be tested regularly, and the number of visitors allowed into their venues will be limited.
Assuming the online casinos are legalized, the pressure on Singapore land-based casinos will reduce, and the government will get more revenue too. Since gambling at online casinos is not legal in Singapore, the government is losing revenue in taxes. For instance, in Nevada, the US, both online and land-based casino industries coexist without any hassle.