After the New Zealand government announced that the COVID-19 protocols currently in place will be relaxed in the region, gaming and entertainment company SkyCity Entertainment is to loosen restrictions at its Auckland property this week.
The announcement was made by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as well as expressing confidence that a second wave within the home area of SkyCity has been wiped out.
Subsequently, on Wednesday 7 October, 2020, Auckland will switch to warning level one from 11:59pm, joining the rest of the world on its COVID alert system at the lowest level in New Zealand.
Following the switch to warning level one, SkyCity eased controls at its Hamilton and Queenstown properties last month, but Auckland saw restrictions remain in place for what was reported to be at least a two-week duration.
There are no limits on mass meetings and physical distance criteria for companies at warning level one, often called ‘prepare,’
This suggests that activities and promotions were replicated in the company’s venues, with electronic gaming machines and tables returning to regular operations without physical distance restrictions, including the previously introduced ‘gaming zone.’
In addition, members of the public were also able to return to the casino, with previous limits allowing only members of SkyCity ‘s premier rewards access.
SkyCity’s Auckland property remained open with physical distancing and hygiene criteria in place at warning level two, often called ‘reduce,’ which means that restricted community transmission could occur and active clusters could be in more than one area.
Ardern is quoted at a news conference by multiple media outlets as saying that “There is now a 95 per cent probability of the cluster being eliminated.
“COVID-19 will be with us for many months to come. But we should still mark these milestones.”
The Ministry of Health of New Zealand has confirmed in its latest update one new case of COVID-19 from controlled isolation and no new confirmed population cases.
On October 1, the person who tested positive arrived from Hong Kong and returned a positive test about day three as part of routine testing, and they were moved to the Auckland quarantine facility. There were 40 active cases of coronavirus in the country as of October 5.