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(By Robin-Lee Francke, ANA)

After almost three months of closure due to South Africa’s coronavirus lockdown, the popular GrandWest Casino in Cape Town reopened its doors on Tuesday

Hundreds queued ahead of the 4pm reopening of the casino, a top social hub in the province for children, teenagers and others.

South Africa entered a nationwide lockdown on 27 March. The country relaxed into Level 3 on 1 June, giving the casino industry and other entertainment facilities the green light to reopen while observing strict regulations to limit the spread of Covid-19.

The GrandWest complex, in Goodwood, includes a casino as well as a large arcade, cinemas, restaurants, a hotel, an ice rink and clubs.

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Mervyn Naidoo, the general manager of GrandWest, said they cannot wait to welcome back all their patrons.

Naidoo said quite a number of changes have been introduced, to comply with health regulations. There is a strict “no mask no entry” policy and patrons will be asked to complete a Covid-19 questionnaire form before entering.

Upon entering, temperature checks will be conducted and patrons’ hands will be sanitised.

Naidoo said the casino floor will be running at 50% capacity in accordance with regulations and this could see people having to queue outside the smoking and non-smoking sections of the casino.

He said 120 sanitising stations have been installed around the casino and patrons are encouraged to sanitise their hands as often as they can.

He said the restaurants will be opened in a phased approach, although patrons attending the reopening will find restaurants such as Cape Town Fish Market, Burger King and Donut Hive operational for the time being.

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Speaking in an interview with African News Agency (ANA), general manager of Sibaya Casino and Entertainment World Myan Moodley said the casino had taken all the regulations into account before opening its doors for the safety of its workers and patrons.

“I think we [are] a little more stringent on our staff because we need to safeguard their future and their health,” Moodley said.

According to Sibaya’s marketing manager Roby Naidoo, in order to ensure the containment of the virus, the casino has decided to only reopen two restaurants on Monday, while the remaining eight are set to reopen by Friday.

“All our food outlets will be opened by Friday. It’s because the guys had difficulties with supplies and bringing things in etc., so we have to bear with them. It has been a long time,” Moodley said.

“The other thing that we have changed also is we’ve closed down all kiddies activities, so the creche and the gaming area have been closed down.”

Author: ANA Newswire