Casinos operator Crown is considering a ‘no jab, no entry’ policy for patrons as it pushes for its 20,000 staff across Australia to get fully vaccinated.
The gaming group is consulting with its workers and other stakeholder groups about the vaccination policy, which will affect visitors and workers.
It cited a survey of Crown employees in , Sydney and conducted last week showing 63 per cent supported the idea of a mandatory vaccination policy in the hospitality sector.
Casino operators Crown are considering a ‘no jab, no entry’ policy for punters (pictured, Crown Casino in Melbourne)
Crown Resorts and Crown Melbourne boss Steve McCann said while it had been urging workers to get vaccinated for a while it was time to be more ‘proactive’.
‘As such a significant hospitality employer in Australia with resorts that hosted over 30 million visits a year pre-Covid, we need to take measures to help keep people safe,’ he said in a statement on Tuesday.
‘That starts with our employees but also extends to our guests and the broader community.
‘This is about protecting every Australian.’
The staff survey also found 60 per cent of respondents were already fully vaccinated or had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Crown plans to make it easier for more workers to get vaccinated by offering three hours of paid leave for each vaccination received.
Crown Resorts and Crown Melbourne boss Steve McCann also urged staff to get vaccinated (pictured, a dose of a Covid-19 vaccination)
Workers will also be entitled to an extra day of paid sick leave if needed.
Those who are already vaccinated, or are currently stood down due to closures, will receive a $50 gift voucher.
‘Covid-19 has devastated the hospitality industry, and that has been felt acutely by our people,’ Mr McCann said.
‘Supporting the vaccination target rates set by governments is going to help our industry reopen, stay open and recover faster.’
However, United Workers Union casino director Dario Mujkic said mandatory vaccination would cause further stress for workers, even though he supported everyone getting a Covid jab.
‘The vaccine rollout has been bungled from the start, not just through the lack of availability and access but through confusing and mixed messaging from all layers of government,’ he said.