Crown Resorts has become the first Australian casino operator to announce mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees and guests.
Newly appointed CEO and Managing Director Steve McCann told < em>News Ltd On Monday, Crown announced that it would introduce a “no injection and no entry” policy for customers and mandatory COVID vaccination for all employees at the company’s three integrated resorts in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
“Anyone who works or visits our businesses will have to be vaccinated,” McCann said, noting that more than half of Crown’s 20,000 employees have already been vaccinated.
It is important to show leadership. We are a very large employer, and the hotel business has suffered greatly. Usually he is one of the first to get into quarantine and comes out last.
There is a great lack of confidence of the staff in matters of work safety & # 8230; There are many problems related to hospitality, so we need to show some leadership.”
No implementation date has been set, although Crown Melbourne and Crown Sydney are currently closed and are unlikely to open any time soon due to COVID outbreaks in each city and uncertainty about the status of gaming licenses. The findings of the Royal Commission into Crown’s operations in Melbourne are due to be handed down in October.
However, McCann said he would push for a vaccine mandate that mirrors similar policies used by U.S. operators such as MGM Resorts and Resorts World Las Vegas.
“We are doing everything possible to ensure a safe environment, and we want this at all our facilities,” he said.
There will be defenders and people who are critical, but in reality we must make decisions based on … () the safety and security of the work of our people and our patrons, and this is what we believe in.
Now is the right time to build up the pace that the country needs so that we can open up again and work everywhere in a safe environment.”
Source: Inside Asian Gaming