Crown floats mandatory vaccination policy for staff and customers
Crown Resorts has revealed it is pushing for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for its employees and could ban unvaccinated customers from its venues.
Crown said it was consulting with employees and stakeholders about introducing the rules.
It employs 20,000 people at its resorts and casinos in Australia.
Crown Melbourne and Crown Resorts chief executive Steve McCann said 60 per cent of the company's employees had already received at least one dose of vaccine.
"This is about protecting every Australian. We want to create a safe environment for people to come to work, and also for our guests to come to enjoy themselves," he said in a statement.
"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. That starts with our employees but also extends to our guests and the broader community."
The company said 63 per cent of respondents to an employee survey they conducted supported the notion of mandatory vaccination within the hospitality sector.
Crown Resorts said from this week employees would be entitled to three hours' paid leave for each vaccination, and an extra day of sick leave if needed.
"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 so we will play our part to help our industry get there.
"We will continue to explore ways to make it faster and easier for our people to come back to work."
Deputy Premier James Merlino said vaccine mandates like Crown's would become more common in Victoria in the future.
"It makes sense that if a venue requires that you're vaccinated to enter, that the staff are also vaccinated," Mr Merlino said.
"This will be a part of life in Victoria, in Australia and around the globe."
Crown is following other major employers such as Qantas which have introduced mandatory vaccination policies for employees.
Fruit processor SPC was the first major employer to announce a mandatory vaccination policy in early August.