SkyCity Reopens Auckland Casino

Following the recent relaxing of COVID-19 constraints in New Zealand, SkyCity Entertainment Group has reopened its Auckland casino and entertainment facilities in stages.

The organisation shut down its venues earlier this month after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ordered a fresh lockout in the country’s largest city following the finding of a new case in the local population.

Further relaxing of measure imminent

The week-long lockout came just a few days after a three-day imposition of further controls on Sunday, February 14th, with a further relaxing of measures expected this week.

SkyCity reopened its facilities at noon on Sunday, March 7, 2020, after the New Zealand government declared that Auckland will be placed on warning level two at 6 a.m. on the same day, while the rest of the country will be placed on alert level one.

Under warning level two regulations, Auckland casinos and entertainment venues will reopen with physical separation and grooming standards in place, such as having a two-meter gap in public and in retail stores including supermarkets and clothing stores, and wearing a face mask on public transportation and domestic flights.

There are no limits on public crowds or physical separation conditions at warning level one, with SkyCity Hamilton and Queenstown assets running at full capacity.

Should it be safe, the New Zealand government has announced that it would consider lowering Auckland’s warning level to one, bringing it in line with the rest of the world, this weekend.

Extra pfizer/BioNTech doses secured

This news comes when the government announces that after securing an extra 8.5 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, every New Zealander will have access to it.

An advance purchasing deal for 8.5 million extra doses of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine, enough to vaccinate 4.25 million individuals, has been signed. New Zealand vaccines are scheduled to arrive in the second half of the year.

This takes the overall Pfizer order for the area to ten million doses, or enough for five million people to receive the two vaccine shots needed.