SkyCity Remains Closed After Further Auckland Restrictions

Auckland based gaming and entertainment company SkyCity Entertainment has released yet another update on its home city after the region’s lockout has been further extended.

SkyCity closed its Auckland-based facilities earlier this month as additional COVID-19 restrictions were imposed on New Zealand after the nation registered its first new coronavirus cases in 102 days.

After a subsequent extension released last week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced another four-day addition to ensure that outbreaks in the community are under control.

Speaking of the extension Arden said: “You may recall we were due to lift restrictions on Wednesday (August 26). These extra four days are necessary to allow us to move down a level in Auckland and stay down. We want both confidence and certainty for everyone.”

This will see the largest city in the country remain at alert level three until August 30th, 2020 at 11:59pm and, due to no major improvement in the growth and trajectory of the existing COVID-19 cluster, step down to alert level 2 from August 30, 2020 at 11.59pm. The rest of New Zealand will continue on level two alert.

On August 31, 2020, SkyCity plans to reopen its Auckland property at warning level two with the same physical distancing and hygiene measures in place as previously introduced and currently deployed at its properties in Hamilton and Queenstown.

A four-week extension to the country’s general election, from September 19 to October 17, was also declared alongside the extended restrictions introduced last week, citing difficulties for parties to campaign.

The Government of New Zealand plans to review the rates of COVID-19 warnings before 6 September 2020.

Graeme Stephens, SkyCity CEO, noted when initial reclose when necessary: “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.”