A CASINO has re-opened today as Southend moves into tier two restrictions after a month a lockdown.

Genting Casino in Westcliff has flung it's doors open to punters again this morning, after Government officials gave them the all clear.

Bosses say the casino staff are delighted to back in work following a series of closures and curfews.

This comes as a survey, conducted by the casino in September and October, revealed 95 per cent of customers feel safe inside the building.

This follows the creation of a one-way system, the cleaning of tables and machines after every use, strict social distancing, and the installation of screens between slot machines and tables.


Jim Firth, General Manager at Genting Casino Westcliff, commented: “The whole team can’t wait to welcome everyone back again, and we are delighted that customers feel safe in our casinos due to all the measures we have put in place.”

A spokesman added: "Staff have worked tirelessly to ensure the venue is Covid secure and to provide returning customers and staff with the safest and most enjoyable environments possible.

"Extensive safety measures are in place, with social distancing implemented and one-way systems created where necessary.

"More regular cleaning is taking place, including the cleaning of all tables and machines after every use.

"Screens have also been installed in between slot machines and e-tables."

The casino will open daily at 10am, with live tables from 2pm, closing at 11pm and with last orders for food and drink at 10pm, in line with government guidance.

A new food menu has also been created for the re-opening.

Food and drinks will be table service only and customers will not be able to order, or drink, at the bar.