SkyCity Entertainment Group says it expects to reopen its flagship casino in Auckland on 3 December after the New Zealand government confirmed plans to convert to a new COVID-19 alert system.
Under the country’s COVID-19 Protection Framework, to come into effect from 11.59pm on Thursday 2 December 2021, venues will be allowed to stay open but with three tiers of restrictions in place – green, orange and red. It is expected that Auckland will be placed under the strictest red setting, meaning venues will be open to vaccinated individuals only and with certain capacity and social distancing restrictions in place.
SkyCity recently announced that it would require all staff and visitors to its New Zealand casinos and resorts to be fully vaccinated regardless of the alert setting.
In a Monday announcement, the company said it expects to reopen SkyCity Auckland from 3 December including casino, entertainment and accommodation facilities.
“The SkyCity Auckland property will reopen in a staged manner with health and safety measures in place to reflect the Ministry of Health’s latest recommendations and guidelines,” it said.
SkyCity Auckland suspended operations on 17 August due to an outbreak of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in New Zealand’s most populous city.