Poker on hold as The Star Sydney suspends operations

The Star Sydney has suspended almost all operations for at least the next seven days after the New South Wales government introduced new restrictions on Friday to curb a new outbreak of COVID-19.

The latest cluster, which originated from a limousine driver transporting international flight crew to their hotel, had climbed to 65 by Friday morning including 22 new cases reported within the previous 24 hours.

As a result, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that residents and workers of four local government areas, including the City of Sydney, would be subject to a strict stay-at-home order as of 11.59pm Friday night.

Star Entertainment Group issued an announcement soon after in which it confirmed The Star Sydney was located within an affected area and would therefore “cease operations, apart from limited hotel facilities, from this time as a result of the orders.”

The company said it would continue to pay staff for the next seven days.

The suspension of operations comes less than a month before the scheduled return of the Sydney Championships, currently due to start on 21 July. In a social media post late Friday, Star Poker said all tournaments including a satellite to the $5k Challenge at the Sydney Championships were postponed until further notice.

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