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Every second slot machine has been disabled to ensure appropriate physical distancing between guests on the casino floor.

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SUN International has announced that the Flaming Casino in Kimberley will be open from Wednesday, July 1.

The group stated that its urban casinos, including the Flamingo Casino,  would be reopening with restricted tables and slot machine capacities, and with physical shields installed between slot machines and between seats at gaming tables.

Every second slot machine has been disabled to ensure appropriate physical distancing between guests on the casino floor.

 According to the company, safety measures include temperature tests conducted at entrances, while only members of Sun International’s loyalty programme – Most Valued Guests (MVGs) – will be allowed access onto the casino floor for the foreseeable future.  They will also be required to complete a medical screening questionnaire in advance of their visit.

 “As our country slowly reopens we know that we will need to find a new normal and adapt to new ways of doing things. We ask that our guests be understanding of the strict new health and safety protocols and particularly the wearing of masks and physical distancing”, said Graham Wood, Sun International Group COO for Hospitality.

Casino properties that opened on Tuesday (June 30) include The Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth, Carnival City in Ekurhuleni, GrandWest in Cape Town, Sibaya in Durban and Time Square in Pretoria. Casinos opening on Wednesday 1 July are Flamingo Casino in Kimberley, Golden Valley Casino in Worcester, Meropa Casino in Polokwane and Windmill Casino in Bloemfontein.

Sun International‘s restaurants, as well as those belonging to third party concessionaires, will open with reconfigured layouts and the necessary physical distancing rules. They will not serve alcohol, in line with current regulations. Some may not reopen immediately, or may open only at certain times. Many entertainment facilities at casino properties might also remain closed for now.

As interprovincial and national borders are still closed, certain Sun International properties will not open for the time being. These include Sun City Resort, The Wild Coast Sun Resort, The Boardwalk Hotel, The Maslow Sandton Hotel and The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town.