Singapore casino complex Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), promoted by Genting Singapore Ltd, says it reopened its hotel facilities on Friday (July 17) to the “staycation” trade, the same day as market rival Marina Bay Sands started a phased reopening of its hotel, targeting services to locals.
A number of restrictions remain in place on travel to Singapore by foreign nationals as part of countermeasures to Covid-19.
Hotel accommodation at both casino resorts had been shuttered since April 7 – originally it was to be for just one month – along with the respective casino areas and other non-gaming facilities.
Non-gaming at both places started a limited reopening last month. The two venues’ casinos reopened to selected customers on July 1. Marina Bay Sands is run by a unit of United States-based Las Vegas Sands Corp.
The accommodation reopening at Resorts World Sentosa (pictured) is: Equarius Hotel; Hotel Michael; Crockfords Tower; Beach Villas; Ocean Suites; and TreeTop Lofts.
The resort’s website said a number of safety measures was in place for the return of the hotels.
They included: booking only via online means; staggered check-in times, with patrons required to make an appointment; an option for guests not to have housekeeping services, to minimise their contact with strangers; no room service; and enhanced disinfection at the property.
It emerged last week, as part of Singapore’s contact-tracing system to limit infection spread, that both Singapore casinos had Covid-19 carriers visiting the gaming premises within six days of the properties’ respective reopenings.
As of 12pm on Sunday, Singapore’s Ministry of Health recorded an additional 257 cases of Covid-19 infection in the city-state, most – amounting to 244 – among migrant workers in dormitories. Of the 257 daily aggregate, five were classified “imported” cases and eight as “community” ones.
Separately, 253 more people of Covid-19 infection had been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, taking the tally of those recovered, to 44,086. So far, Singapore has had 27 fatalities.
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