SkyCity Preparing To Re-Launch Casino Operations In NZ & Australia
New Zealand authorities have indicated that they will be easing social distancing regulations soon due to the decreased threat level of COVID-19 in the country.
SkyCity Entertainment Group which is one of the biggest casino operators is immediately preparing for the re-launch of gambling operations across the country
New Zealand’s official threat level has decreased from “Four” to “Three”. A Level Three threat still means that public venues will remain closed, with limited means of traveling, but it may indicate a further lowering soon.
SkyCity announced that they will be restarting some of their projects at their properties as soon as this week.
SkyCity plans on using the time afforded to them by the COVID-19 closures to renovate and improve their premium gaming rooms, including a new “Entertainment Zone” slated for SkyCity Auckland’s main gaming section. SkyCity Hamilton once they re-open, will also contain new upgrades in their main gaming area, with a new section devoted entirely to baccarat.
Progressive Casino Re-Launch Eyed
The Level Three threat level was set for a period two weeks, after which a deliberation will be made by the New Zealand Government on May 11 regarding the question of downgrading the threat level, or keeping it the same. If New Zealand authorities decide to move to a Level Two threat level on May 11, SkyCity plans on re-opening their properties in the country gradually.
The initial plan is to go with shorter operating hours which will be determined based on the expected number of customers. It is expected that decreasing the threat level in New Zealand will not immediately lead to a boom in punters rushing toward casinos.
With that in mind, most casinos in the country are gearing up for a progressive plan for re-launching their operations, which will likely feature measures to prevent any further outbreaks for COVID-19. Some of these measures include limiting the number of casino patrons at any one time, decreasing the number of gaming tables, and instituting strict social distancing between punters inside.
SkyCity Moving Forward with Australian Relaunch
SkyCity is already preparing for their eventual re-launch in Australia, expanding on their casino project in Adelaide, as well as taking reservations for their Eos by SkyCity luxury hotel property, scheduled to take place before the year end.