NZ extends Auckland lockdown until Sunday

NZ extends Auckland lockdown until Sunday

Casinos in the city will remian shut at least until Monday, when businesses will be allowed to reopen under level of alert 2.

New Zealand.- Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has extended the level of alert 3 in Auckland city at least until Sunday at midnight. The rest of the country remains on alert level 2.

Ardern also introduced mandatory mask wearing on public transport across the nation, as 150 people were diagnosed with Covid-19 since a cluster of community transmition was detected in Auckland on August 11.

From Monday, Auckland is expected to enter level of alert 2 along with the rest of the country.

This means businesses will be allowed to reopen but mass gatherings will be restricted to 10 people or less, while in other areas of New Zealand gatherings of up to 100 people are allowed.

Casinos and gaming companies including SkyCity and TAB NZ have been impacted by lockdown measures. SkyCity closed its Auckland casino and entertainment facilities again, while the group’s casinos in Hamilton and Queenstown remain open with corresponding physical distancing and hygiene measures for alert level 2.

TAB NZ also shut its Auckland branches and implemented safety measures at the rest of its betting shops.

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