Fortress Melbourne closes due to coronavirus

Fortress Melbourne will close to the public tomorrow, 18 March, over the increasing threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“In the current climate, we believe this is the socially responsible action to take to protect the health of our team and patrons. While we have implemented several social distancing strategies and reinforced our cleaning efforts and hygiene protocols, the state of the global situation goes directly against our mission to bring live social gameplay to Australia,” co-founders, Jon Satterley and Adrian Giles, said in a statement.

“To date, there have been no confirmed cases within the Fortress team or patrons. However, we are taking this precautionary measure in the best interests of the community,” the statment continues. “We have been overwhelmed by the support and excitement Melbourne has shown us since we’ve opened. We cannot wait to reopen our doors once we’ve all made it safely through this challenging time.”

Those who’ve already purchased memberships will find their future payments placed on hold.

“While we won’t be physically open, we hope to continue engaging with you all through our website and social platforms,” the co-founders continued. “Many of us will be looking for ways to stay connected with our friends and family, and Fortress will be looking for ways that we can use our technology to help bring people together.”

Fortress Melbourne is located within the Melbourne CBD’s Emporium Melbourne. Check out what we thought of the venue here.

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