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New Zealand Casinos Re-Open Without Coronavirus-Related Social Distancing Protocols

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New Zealand Casinos Re-Open Without Coronavirus-Related Social Distancing Protocols
New Zealand casinos back in action after coronavirus lockdown

After many weeks of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic-related lockdowns and other safety and protection measures employed, casinos in New Zealand including three venues operated and owned by SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited have been fully re-open. SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited is a local casino operator that just recently revealed that its three gambling-friendly venues in New Zealand have been re-opened without coronavirus-related protocols that enforce social distancing measures.

The Sydney and Wellington-listed casino operator used one of its latest official fillings to share more details about re-opening its three venues. First of all, SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited made the re-opening move shortly after the New Zealand government lowered the nation’s’ four-level coronavirus alert warning to the least concerning Level One. This immediately eliminated all of those previously enforced measures and restrictions caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic except those which relate to foreign travel.

SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited Casinos

As previously mentioned, SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited or simply SkyCity is one of the leading entertainment and gaming companies in the region based in Auckland, New Zealand. The company owns and operates five gambling-friendly venues in Australia and New Zealand that do not only include rich casino floors, but also two high-end hotels, bars as well as restaurants and more.

The firm’s shares are traded on the New Zealand and Australian Stock Exchange. Since its establishment back in 1996, SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited took over operations from the Harrah’s Entertainment complex within the Skycity Auckland complex. The company opened its very first Auckland, New Zealand-based gambling-friendly venue back in February of 1996 before expanding its business operations to other Australian and New Zealand cities.

In June of 2000, the firm purchased the Adelaide Casino property while several months later, it added the Skycity Queenstown resort to its growing portfolio of luxury properties. In July of 22004, SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited purchased the Darwin Casino and Hotel property from the MGM Mirage firm and re-named it to SkyCity Darwin.

Its gambling-friendly venues in New Zealand which have just recently re-opened include the SkyCity Auckland venue which is the nation’s biggest casino located in Central Auckland. It features slot and table gaming activities with over one hundred gaming tables and over one thousand and six hundred gaming machines. The SkyCity Auckland property features two hotels, a seven hundred-seat theater, convention center, as well as more than twenty restaurants and bars.

The company’s SkyCity Hamilton property opened in September of 2002. Its casino floor is packed with twenty-three tables and over three hundred gaming machines. Other amenities include a bar and restaurant which commonly host live music performances. The SkyCity Queenstown property opened twenty years ago in 2000. It features twelve gaming tables and eighty-six gaming machines.

Normal Casino Activities Return

SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited was forced to temporarily shut down operations at its three gambling-friendly venues back on the 23rd of March. Some twenty-six days ago, the casino operator was allowed to partially re-open the three casinos after the New Zealand government updated its health management framework. According to this framework, casinos had to have their gaming floor divided into different zones.

At the time, the operator’s three casinos started welcoming their first guests who had to practice social distancing measures while the operator had to increase the distance between gaming tables and slot machines. Today, all of these measures have been removed which means that trio of SkyCity Entertainment Group Limited casinos return to their normal business operations and normal working hours.

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