A recent announcement SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited revealed that SkyCity Adelaide would be temporarily closed due to a fresh COVID-19 outbreak. This goes hand-in-hand. This aligns with the level four restrictions currently being enforced across South Australia, which has mandated the closure of all non-essential businesses.
The lockdown restrictions have been implemented for four days, but until then the several measures have been put in place. In addition to all non-essential businesses being closed, it is mandatory to wear a mask in public, large public gatherings are banned, and customers at indoor food and beverage outlets must remain seated.
Eos still in business
The casino’s 120-room luxury hotel, Eos, has been allowed to keep trading, although, without the gaming options, it seems unlikely that it will attract many guests.
In an official statement, SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited explained that the venue would remain open “to accommodate hotel guests currently staying in-house pending further advice from the South Australian government.”
The venue is far from the only Australian casino to find itself temporarily closed. State and local leaders across the country have been obliged to continue with business lockdowns.
Casinos across New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland such as Star Sydney and Crown Melbourne have been temporarily closed along with pubs and clubs that have also felt the sting of suspending their operations.
Australia’s positive infection statistics trend took a dive in mid-June when a limousine driver got infected after driving an airline crew to their hotel. This resulted in the proliferation of the feared delta variant, a far more contagious strain than previous COVID-19 versions.
Sydney currently has over 1000 infections and the spread of the virus has been difficult to get a handle on, with hot spots appearing and disappearing across the nation, seemingly at random.
Removalists in the crosshairs
Residents have placed the blame for the latest outbreak squarely on the shoulders of a group of ‘removalists’ who ignored lockdown restrictions, travelling from Sydney to Victoria and South Australia. Two of this for the virus and it was revealed that their trip across the three states had included numerous stops.
A pair of twins from the group has felt the heat for their actions as their identities have become public, resulting in a cascade of threats and derision. In an interview, one of the brothers revealed that he had been contacted by the health department, but he was not able to understand them.
“I swear to God, I didn’t know I was positive,” he pleaded.
The brothers were slapped with an $11,000 fine each and narrowly avoided a six-month jail sentence. More misfortune was heaped on the pair when both of their parents contracted COVID with their mother passing away from a heart attack shortly thereafter.
COVID-19 essential facts
Collectively fighting the virus means always being cognizant of the various symptoms associated with the disease. The symptoms normally appear within 14 days of exposure, while some individuals may remain asymptomatic, but still able to infect others.
The most common signs that you may have contracted COVID are fever, night sweats, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, runny nose/congestion, and headaches. Other symptoms include loss of taste or smell, nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, and joint/muscle pain.
The more severe effects of the infection are even more alarming and can result in hospitalisation. Severe suffers have been afflicted with Loss of movement and speech, difficulty breathing, chest pressure/pain.
Experts have noted that the Delta variant is now the country’s dominant strain, so if you experience a sore throat, runny nose, fever, or headache, it might be best to get to a doctor soon.