After Prime Minister Jacina Ardern ordered the country’s biggest city into lockdown, SkyCity Entertainment shut down operations at its Auckland casino and entertainment facilities.
In the country’s COVID warning level scheme, the area has been placed into alert level three, also called ‘restrict,’ one step away from the highest, and tightest, controls.
This was achieved on Sunday 14 February from 11:59pm, with the rest of the country going into warning level two for a period of three days following the discovery of three new local COVID-19 incidents.
Restricted population transmission
Alert level two, also known as ‘reduction,’ indicates that there may be restricted population transmission and active clusters in more than one area.
SkyCity advises that from 11pm on Sunday it closed its aforementioned venues, with the company also enforcing physical distancing and hygiene standards at its properties in Hamilton and Queenstown.
The Auckland hotels of SkyCity will remain open to accommodate existing guests currently staying in-house, pending further advice from the government of New Zealand, with sufficient physical distance and hygiene criteria to be enforced as well.
Alerts to be reviewed in 24 hours
SkyCity states that “these COVID-19 alert levels will be reviewed in 24 hours,” in response to the announcement by the New Zealand government, which saw Arden say that the country will respond to the discovery hard and early on.
These current restrictions in New Zealand do not affect SkyCity’s companies outside of New Zealand, with SkyCity Adelaide remaining open with physical distance and hygiene standards already in place and SkyCity online casino available as well.
New Zealand has reported 2,336 coronavirus cases and has reported 25 fatalities.