New Zealand PM Lifts All Casino Restrictions

With no new cases of coronavirus for two weeks and no active cases, New Zealand Premier Jacinda Adern has lifted all restrictions on the country’s casinos.

While border restrictions remain in place, SkyCity’s New Zealand casinos in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington will be among the first in the world to resume full operations with no longer required social distancing measures on its gaming floors or elsewhere.

SkyCity Entertainment Group said it was pleased to receive confirmation from the Government that New Zealand will move to COVID-19 Alert Level 1 at midnight on June 8, removing restrictions on mass gatherings and physical distance requirements for all companies.

It said: “Electronic gaming machines and gaming tables will operate as usual without physical distancing requirements – in particular the gaming ‘zones’ implemented at Alert Level 2 will be removed and members of the public will be able to return to the SkyCity casinos,” adding “events and promotions will begin again.”

SkyCity Entertainment Company chief executive Graeme Stephens said: “We are extremely excited to be welcoming all SkyCity customers back to our precincts. It will be fantastic to be busy again and able to have the public enjoy the many different facets of our properties.

“SkyCity remains committed to maintaining robust health and safety standards to manage the risks associated with COVID-19 and will be encouraging customers to maintain contact tracing via the Government’s NZ COVID Tracer app.”

SkyCity said it would focus its business domestically for the foreseeable future.