SkyCity Temporarily Closes Auckland Casinos

New Zealand’s new limits recently imposed on freedom of movement and business meant nothing good for the Auckland-based SkyCity Entertainment. The operator and hotel establishment has had to once again close its casino and entertainment facilities located within its home city – with closures this time round expected to last at least as long as the previous spate.

The casino and accommodation giant have furthermore confirmed having implemented tightened physical distancing and hygiene policies at its Hamilton and Queensland properties – this after New Zealand recently reported its first new infections in all of 102 days.

All of this has been rolled out and is in the process of being implemented in response to local government’s warnings regarding hygiene and safety, as well as the re-implementation of Stage 3-tiered warnings and restrictions.

Hotel Arrangements In Auckland

SkyCity has confirmed that its Auckland Hotels will remain open and operational to those regular guests who are currently staying on an “in-house” basis, but the casinos will remain closed. Further guidance will be handed down just as soon as the relevant advices have been received from government, the group has said.

Auckland residents are according to the re-implemented restrictions advised to remain in their homes as far as practically possible, to abstain from attending large public gatherings (these have effectively been banned), and to refrain from opening and running any non-essential businesses.

Compliance Is Priority, Says CEO

SkyCity CEO Graeme Stephens has in the meantime emphasised the company being in full compliance with government regulations. Stephens declared the casinos operator being “well prepared” in terms of a rapid response to the recent (sudden) changes, saying that SkyCity Entertainment is currently in a financial position that is solid enough and strong enough in order to survive and withstand the impact caused by “temporary” restrictions.

SkyCity as recently as only last month announced exciting new plans to be rolled out as part of a $330 million Adelaide-based expansion of its current casino offerings, accommodation, and amenities. The planned “The District” will upon completion be the first ever fully functional microbrewery inside of an actual casino.

The announcement came shortly after the inking of a significant new partnership deal with Pirate Life. Plans for the new venue involve putting together all offerings and amenities at level one. These include a Poker room, sports bar, Pirate Life-branded microbrewery, a bistro, and also a venue for live entertainment.

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