ACT Clubs urge for easing of territory’s COVID-19 closure

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ACT Clubs in the Australian are expecting those limitations preventing them trading will be raised sooner rather than later. And it will be after reports of booming business just outside the state’s boundaries.

During COVID-19 pandemic, many casinos across Australia closed temporarily. Some have suffered permanent closures, and some as Kaleen Eastlake Club announced that it would permanently close. The ACT held firm in not allowing the activity, in spite of allowing places to accommodate up to 100 people at a time. The ACT decided to hold restrictions at stage 2.2, with gaming and casinos not able to reopen until stage 3.

Since restrictions on venues in New South Wales eased, trade on the average gaming machine saw an 89 per cent increase in turnover. Ad those in Queanbeyan increased nearly five times that – jumping 453 per cent.

Owner of Queanbeyan Royal Hotel Anthony McDonald said he had seen more Canberrans at this place. It could be due to the access to pokies and lighter limitations around.

The ACT Government said that gaming places were restricted. It is because of the higher risk of infection that will cause harm to others health.

Mr McDonald said:

The social distancing rules are available on every space of the place. He also said while the pokies were not a big part of their business, they had seen an increase in incomes.

Residents of Canberra are crossing into New South Wales to play.

Actually, 40 per cent of patrons of town clubs in New South Wales are from the ACT. Reports that coming from pubs and clubs in Queanbeyan obviously show that the half of Canberra signed it. Clubs ACT chief executive Gwyn Rees said that ACT clubs remainder closed to gamblers.

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