SkyCity increases Covid-19 measures in NZ

The Auckland casino previously closed due to lockdown from late March until mid-May.
The Auckland casino previously closed due to lockdown from late March until mid-May.

Health safety measures have been stepped up at other properties as the Auckland casino closes its doors.

New Zealand.- Casino operator SkyCity Entertainment has taken further measures to reduce the risk of contagion, including the shutdown of its Auckland casino.

The move comes as New Zealand moved up its alert level after four cases of community transmission of the novel coronavirus were detected in Auckland after 102 days free of new local cases.

SkyCity Entertainment has decided to close its Auckland casino and entertainment facilities, which reopened in mid-May after an initial closure due to the pandemic in late March.

The company said in a release that it will also be implementing stricter physical distancing and hygiene requirements at its Hamilton and Queenstown properties.

It said the company’s hotels will remain open to accommodate existing guests pending further advice from the New Zealand government.

SkyCity Chief Executive Officer Graeme Stephens said: “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.”

SkyCity’s Adelaide Casino remains open with physical distancing and hygiene requirements already in place.

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