New Zealand’s SkyCity Entertainment Group has once again closed down its flagship integrated resort, SkyCity Auckland, after the government revealed four new cases of community transmitted COVID-19 on Tuesday.
The cases have come as a huge shock to the country, which only 24 hours earlier had celebrated 100 days without a single new locally transmitted case of the coronavirus. Auckland has immediately been placed back on Stage 3 restrictions for three days as a precautionary measure, with the rest of New Zealand on Stage 2. Under Stage 3 lockdown, bars and many businesses will be closed, gatherings restricted to 10 people and travel in and out of Auckland mostly prohibited.
In a Wednesday morning filing, SkyCity said it would shut down its casino and entertainment facilities while Stage 3 measures are in place, although hotels will remain open for existing guests.
SkyCity’s casinos in Hamilton and Queenstown will remain open with social distancing measures in place.
“SkyCity is fully complying with this latest update from the New Zealand government,” said CEO Graeme Stephens. “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.”