SkyCity To Reopen Kiwi Casinos

Elouise Spencer - 18 May 2020

As New Zealand moves to Alert Level 2, the SkyCity Entertainment Group has announced that it will be reopening facilities from Thursday the 14th of May 2020. The group, which was forced to close its various casinos, hotels and restaurants, across the country has not seen any visitors as of the 23rd of March 2020.

3 Venues Confirmed

After the forced temporary shuttering of its three venues in New Zealand, the company announced in a press release that its SkyCity Auckland, SkyCity Hamilton and SkyCity Queenstown casinos will once again be open for business as of the 14th of May. The Wellington and Sydney-listed firm has said that all three casinos will initially open to VIP patrons and members before opening full on Sunday the 17th of May. The company, which also owns Australia’s Adelaide Casino has made no reference as to when this facility will reopen after having been forced by the Australian government to close doors on Monday the 23rd of March 2020.

In addition to the reopening of gambling facilities at the three New Zealand venues, SkyCity has also said that it will also be reopening the Sky Tower and most of its restaurant facilities over the next few days. The SkyCity Hotel and The Grand by SkyCity also reopened on the 14th of May and are welcome guests with immediate effect. In line with government regulations, any venues that have the sole purpose of serving alcohol will remain closed until Thursday the 21st of May.

Strict Regulations in Place for Gamblers

The reopening of SkyCity Entertainment’s three New Zealand casinos will see various measures implemented in line with government frameworks. A variety of zones will be created within the casinos to avoid overcrowding and congregation of more than 100 people in any one space, while the number of seats at gaming tables will also be lowered. In addition, the space between pokies machines will be increased and the process of back betting will not be allowed. The SkyCity Entertainment group has also announced that they will be using facial recognition technology to implement tracing initiatives if called upon the government to do so and registers will need to be signed upon entry.

Restaurants at the three entertainment venues will not take bookings for groups of over ten people while hand sanitizer and wipes will be readily available throughout all facilities. Players and visitors to this New Zealand entertainment facilities will also be allowed to wear protective face masks, even in the gaming sections, however it is not compulsory to do so.