New Zealand’s SkyCity Auckland to eliminate COVID-19 safety measures

New Zealand’s SkyCity Auckland to eliminate COVID-19 safety measures

Pointing to signs of improvement in COVID-19 situation, New Zealand’s SkyCity Auckland integrated resort (IR) casino has proclaimed that it is all set to do away with strict regulations that were implemented to help curb the spread of the deadly infection.

With the announcement, SkyCity Auckland has become the first major IR casino in New Zealand to get back to normal operations by removing corona virus pandemic restrictions. The IR casino will remove the restrictions on Thursday (October 8) in line with the New Zealand government’s decision to move Auckland to its COVID-19 Alert System’s Alert Level 1.

Currently, New Zealand is averaging only a few new positive cases of COVID-19 infection each day. Over the past one month-period, the country has fortunately not seen any increase in the number of corona virus infections. It is for this reason that the government has decided to allow Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, to move to Alert Level 1.

Under Alert Level 2, the IR casino was only accessible to its Premier Rewards members. From Thursday this week, the gambling & entertainment facility will reopen its doors to the general public as well. Alert Level 2 indicates the deadly corona virus infection is contained, albeit with a hidden risk of community transmission. Alert Level 1 means the community is not at risk.

Many smaller casinos have already returned to normal. For instance, SkyCity Hamilton and Queenstown returned to normal operations last month, on 22nd of September. SkyCity Auckland is the first major gambling & entertainment property to completely do away with corona virus restrictions.

SkyCity Auckland has also indicated that restrictions on gatherings will also be removed soon, and protocols like social distancing won’t be enforced. However, border restrictions will remain in force for those entering the country.

In a newly released statement, government officials stated, “Controls at the borders remain for those entering New Zealand. This includes health screening and testing for all arrivals, and mandatory 14-day managed isolation or quarantine.”

SkyCity Auckland is one of the biggest IR casinos in the island country, featuring 2,100 slot machines, more than 100 table games, a private VIP space for high-rollers, a 20-table baccarat room, 1,000 hotel rooms and suites, more than twenty restaurants and bars, and nearly 200,000 square feet of convention space. The most distinctive attraction at the complex is 1,076 feet tall Sky Tower, which is a main attraction of the Auckland skyline.