Jul 3, 2020

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Sun International says Time Square Casino to Open Doors on Monday


After three months of a government-ordered lockdown, Sun International intends opening up some of its properties on Monday, including Time Square Casino in Pretoria. Things will look very different when patrons walk through the doors of the casino. They will see shields separating players at slot machines, as well as every second machine turned off. This is so that players will be able to maintain the required minimum physical distance between one another, in the hope that this will help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

According to government directives, Time Square Casino is only allowed to operate at 50% of its usual capacity. The popular establishment runs 2,000 slot machines and 60 casino tables, and in its hey-day attracted hundreds of people to its two-storey casino floor.

Time Square casino general manager Ruben Gooranah said in an interview this week: “Downstairs we’re not opening those (casino) tables yet because we don’t know how many customers will come.”

Sun International and its rival Tsogo Sun Gaming are hopeful that the easing of restrictions will see some semblance of normality return to their establishments, but they also realistic. They believe that most players won’t be rushing back to play slots, poker or roulette any time soon for fear of catching the virus.

Another significant issue that will affect revenue is the fact that it is still prohibited to sell alcohol. That, combined with less players on the casino floor, will almost certainly impact any establishment if it reopens, and it is for this reason that Sun International and Tsogo Sun aren’t in a rush to open up all their casinos just yet.

Sun International’s CEO, Anthony Leeming said that the group will not be opening Sun City in the meantime, as the resort depends mainly on visitors from other regions in South Africa and from overseas.

Sun International said that it will temporarily lay off workers until casinos can start working at full capacity once more.



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