New Zealand—The SkyCity Entertainment Group has closed down its flagship integrated resort, SkyCity Auckland, once again after the government announced on Tuesday four new cases of community transmitted Covid-19.
The cases come as a huge surprise to New Zealand, which had recently celebrated 100 days without a single new local transmission of the coronavirus. Auckland was immediately placed on Stage 3 restrictions for three days as a precautionary measure, while the rest of the country is placed on Stage 2 restrictions.
Under Stage 3 lockdown, businesses such as bars and restaurants will be closed, gatherings limited to 10 people, and travel in and out of Auckland mostly prohibited.
SkyCity announced that it would be closing its casino and entertainment facilities so long as the Stage 3 measures are in place. However, their hotels will remain open for existing guests.
Hamilton and Queenstown casinos owned by SkyCity will remain in operation with social distancing measures in place.
“SkyCity is fully complying with this latest update from the New Zealand government,” Graeme Stephens, SkyCity CEO, said. “SkyCity is well prepared to respond quickly to these changes and is in strong financial position to withstand the financial impacts of these temporary restrictions,” he added.