SkyCity Casinos Close After NZ Implement Further COVID Restrictions

Auckland based SkyCity Entertainment has closed its casino and entertainment facilities within its home city as new COVID-19 limits on New Zealand are implemented.

Implementation of physical distancing and hygiene standards at its properties in Hamilton and Queenstown also took place after the country reported its first new coronavirus cases in 102 days.

The Auckland Hotels in SkyCity will remain open to accommodate regular guests currently staying in-house awaiting further advice from the Government of New Zealand.

Such steps were introduced in response to a government declaration that the warning level of the pandemic was raised to three in Auckland and two for the rest of the country before midnight on August 14, 2020, following the discovery of new cases of COVID-19 in the world’s largest city.

The imposition of a three-day lockout saw people of Auckland given advice to remain at home, a ban placed on large gatherings and close non-essential businesses, reintroducing some socially distant restrictions in the rest of the nation.

The firm ensures more updates will be given as new material knowledge becomes available.

SkyCity CEO Graeme Stephens noted: “SkyCity is fully complying with this latest update from the New Zealand Government. SkyCity is well prepared to respond quickly to these changes and is in a strong financial position to withstand the financial impacts of these temporary restrictions.”

Last month SkyCity rolled out plans for a “key pillar” of its $330m Adelaide expansion, with a project named ‘The District’ featuring Australia’s first fully integrated microbrewery inside a casino.

The District at SkyCity, revealed after a “historic partnership” with Pirate Life, plans to put together all venues at level one, including a poker zone, sports bar, microbrewery Pirate Life, live entertainment, and bistro.

It is expected that the wider expansion project of the company will create approximately 1,000 jobs throughout construction and 700 ongoing roles upon completion, with recruitment for some roles already started and to continue until mid-2021.